When you take the keys to your first property the excitement level is unbelievable. There is the furniture to get in – that sofa handed over by Granny and the spare sideboard from down the road. It’s so easy to get swept up in a whirl of activity of curtain hanging and furniture placement that simple things can sometimes get left aside.
When my family moved from an older house into a brand new one in the 1960s, there was much the same euphoria – this time though we had fitted carpets and central heating – oh such treats. Although the houses were of different generations and the latter was very up to date with lots of ‘mod cons’ the need for constant home maintenance didn’t change much. The guttering still needed regular checking. Some of these are still regular bugbears even today but there are agencies that will come on a regular basis to sort these out – for a reasonable fee.