The repair of flood-damaged property: a critical review of the needs of homeowners

Samwinga, Victor and Proverbs, David (2003) The repair of flood-damaged property: a critical review of the needs of homeowners. In: 19th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2003, Brighton.

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One of the primary reasons why firms fail to meet their customers' needs and expectations is due to their lack of awareness of exactly what those needs and expectations are, i.e. there is a gap between company perceptions of customer
expectations and what customers actually expect. With five million people, in two million properties estimated to be living in flood risk areas in England and Wales, flooding and flood damage to property are somewhat inevitable. In fact, the increased frequency of flooding and the growing number of properties being constructed on floodplains suggest that these statistics are set to worsen in future. However, there is inadequate understanding of domestic property occupiers’ needs regarding flood damage reinstatement. Therefore, as part of a wider investigation, a review of those needs and concomitant issues is presented. The severity of the impact of a particular flood event on a household is influenced, in part, by factors that can be classified into two main categories: flood characteristics and the individual household characteristics. An initial assessment classifies homeowners’ needs as: time, utilitarian needs, relations and communication, health and safety, commitment and flexibility, economy and aesthetics. In order for insurers and repairers to offer services that will satisfy their clients, sound knowledge and consideration of the needs and expectations of homeowners is vital.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestic properties, flood damage, homeowners, insurers, satisfaction
Subjects: K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Victor Samwinga
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 16:20
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 13:20

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