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Draught-proofing ‘is a great value home improvement’

Those of you looking for value for money in your home improvements have been advised by one expert to consider draught-proofing.

Andrew Leech, executive director of the National Home Improvement Council, explained the process is one of the cheapest options available but also one that will provide the “largest payback”.

Of course, some people may simply choose to invest in brand new windows and doors, which eradicates the problem of draughts. But for those of you for whom this is unrealistic, draught-proofing is a great step that can stop breezes making their way through a home. As well as extra comfort, the main benefit of this is that it makes a property more energy-efficient, as heating is not relied upon so much to prevent draught issues.

The industry insider noted this should also make a home more attractive to a potential buyer. “Anything you can do in a property to save energy, to make it look good and to generally improve its wellbeing is ideal. That [means] giving it a good coat of paint – inside and out – and generally keeping up to speed with things,” Mr Leech recommended. He went on to advise people to keep properties in “top condition” ahead of the arrival of the Green Deal, which is set to apply certain conditions that we all have to live by.

Draught-proofing is one of the obvious places to start, with Mr Leech’s statistics showing that small gaps, cracks and openings around the perimeter of a building often add up to having the equivalent of nine bricks missing.

In order to carry out the work, it could pay to hire a professional trader who is experienced in draught-proofing.

Should many Britons have their way, that man would be Robbie Williams, as the pop star came out on top of a Duck Tape poll to find the person most would like to help them in a domestic drama this winter.

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