Free traditional building maintenance guide launches in Highlands

A new downloadable guide has been launched in the Highlands to help promote the regular inspection and maintenance of all traditional buildings in the area.

Launched by the Highland Council, in partnership with the Inverness City Heritage Trust, it comes in a bid to help owners of traditional buildings to understand their properties.

The guide highlights common maintenance issues and has links to a variety of resources where owners can access help and advice.

Chair of the Highland Council’s economy and infrastructure committee, councillor Ken Gowans, said, “Tackling routine maintenance is key to preserving the fabric of everyone’s property, and if owners are vigilant and know the signs to look for, potential problems can be addressed before they cause too much damage and become too costly.

“The council regularly reminds building owners that the responsibility for ensuring the safety of members of the public in and around their buildings lies with them – whether the property is commercial, retail, business, public or privately owned. This new guide is going to be very helpful in highlighting things owners need to consider when carrying out their inspections and when making the necessary maintenance arrangements.”

Jean Ramsay Smith, trustee of the Inverness City Heritage Trust, added, “Many problems which affect older properties can be avoided with early detection and regular maintenance.  Simple jobs such as the clearing of gutters can be a much cheaper and more convenient option than having to deal with more serious problems such as rot in the future.”

The guide can be downloaded here.