England 19/03/2013 – Many firms that offer damp proofing have seen their businesses grow in the past few months
Whilst there are signs that many UK property owners are delaying some home maintenance and improvement tasks this is not the case when it comes to damp proofing. Some damp specialists have seen demand for their services grow rapidly in the past few years. When it comes to damp proofing London is the place with the most growth in demand. The fact that much of the capital’s housing stock is quite old definitely helps.
These properties are naturally more susceptible to damp and many of the capital’s properties have not been well maintained in the past. New owners often tackle damp problems that have been neglected by the previous owner. This means that there is a self-perpetuating cycle of demand for damp proofing in the densely populated south east of the country.
However, increased awareness of damp and the problems that can occur if damp is left untreated is also potentially driving demand. Articles in the press and home buying and renovation TV shows have all played a part in educating the public about damp. UK property owners are far less likely to leave damp untreated than they once were. Landlords are also more driven to tackle damp at an early stage by the fact that mould, in particular black mould, can actually prevent them from renting out their properties.
Scope for further growth
It would seem that there is also scope for further growth, at least in the South East. The damp specialists London Home Counties has seen their work increase over the past few years, and not all of that growth has come about because of London’s aging housing stock. At least some of it has come about as a direct result of people wanting to convert areas like basements and outhouses into habitable space. New materials and installation techniques combined with property prices in the capital have now combined to make it economically viable for property owners to consider these types of improvements.
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