Prior planning and preparation…

During my time serving with Special Forces (or was it the Boy Scouts?) I learnt as every military man knows, the value of the 6 P’s: Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.  This is equally applicable to a night time assault in the Congo (or Aberbargoed for that matter), as it is to protecting and maintaining your property whether selling or renting.  With the onset of winter – which does come every year – why do we wait till mid January and Arctic conditions to arrive before addressing lagging the pipes, ensuring that the boiler works properly or fixing the small leak in the roof that now requires the entire downstairs to be repainted before an estate agent can come and value it with a view to it being sold or rented.  Professional property maintenance always works out as being more cost effective than calling a plumber out at 9 o’clock on a Saturday night.

Speaking of the 6 P’s and planning ahead, I can only offer my thanks to those who commented on my mid-week blog referring to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.  For those who drew the erroneous conclusion that I had too much time on my hands on a snowy Wednesday, may I remind you that the time of posting a blog bares no relation to the time that it was actually prepared…whereas those commenting straightaway clearly did have too much time on their hands and too little to do!