How standardised stock condition surveys and better use of data can help us improve stock maintenance

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Maintaining homes is more complicated than many people think and requires intricate solutions, writes Elly Hoult

I often hear people trying to compare maintaining homes with other processes or organisations, such as roadside breakdown assistance. But comparing the maintenance of homes to fixing cars is an oversimplification.

Unlike cars, which follow standardised production methods, non-traditional homes vary greatly in design, materials, age, and usage, necessitating bespoke solutions for each situation.

Even identical houses built simultaneously can diverge significantly over time with individual modifications and upkeep. While a brief inconvenience without a car can usually be managed, the absence of a home presents fundamental challenges to safety, security, and wellbeing.

Repairing a home, for example installing a new bathroom, can reveal hidden issues, like leaks leading to damp and mould.

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