Keepi ng a hand on property maintenance is now beginning to get irksome – when I first moved to this house many years ago, it was spanking brand new. Straight off the production line as it were. True we had a couple of snagging problems that needed urgent sorting out, well before the standard 6 months settling in period. As in having to get the chaps back to reseal the bath – they’d sealed it without bothering to fill it with water first. That had the result of making the bath sealant come away from the base of the tiling the first time we actually filled and used the bath as it dropped down centmetres with the weight of the water and the body soaking it up. There was also the unfortunate matter of the porch ceiling falling down after two days – they’d just lain the ceiling panel on lathes under the pitched tiles – but if slipped and fell down with an almighty crash almost at the first wind.