Around 8% tried to save cash by delaying boiler servicing and repairs, 4% left roof repairs on hold, 5% lived with broken windows and 2% with dodgy locks.
The AA says four out of 10 homeowners have put off maintenance of tried a DIY solution. Around 14% tried DIY instead of calling in tradesmen.
Around 3 million homes suffered more damage as a result of their austerity measures, spending an average of £398 each trying to rectify them.
Around 8% of homeowners delaying work had to deal with a home emergency as a result, and 7% had to call a tradesman to deal with the repair.
Only 5% were covered by their standard buildings insurance policy and only one in five (19%) had home emergency response policies that covered the costs of the work.
The total bill to put right botched or ignored work was £1.2 billion.
The AA’s Tom Stringer said: “As the struggling economy continues to hit people in the pocket, more people are putting off home maintenance and are letting their homes get into a state of disrepair. Many homeowners seem to be mirroring the government’s drive for austerity but this can be a false economy as problems tend to get worse in the home if you leave them unresolved.”
Not only is putting off maintenance a false economy in many cases, but failing to complete some works can void insurance policies.
Repairs that leave a home insecure – like damage to windows and locks – leaves a buildings insurance firm a get-out if a claim is made.
Dodgy DIY jobs that have contributed to more damage rather than solving a problem are also unlikely to paid out by home insurance firms.