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Children's damage knocks thousands off house price

As many as one in ten parents claim that damage caused by their children has reduced the value of their home by an average £2,000.A survey conducted by Direct Line found that six out of ten parents with children under five said their little darlings had somehow damaged their home, with spilt food and stains on carpets being a concern for 78 per cent of parents.Some 76 per cent said their children had drawn on the walls and just under half said that their children had ripped wallpaper, while ten per cent reported tampering with electrical equipment.Andrew Lowe, from Direct Line Home Response 24, commented: "We understand that homes are prone to toddler damage, indeed, our research has shown most toddlers have caused some form of destruction."And while it is impossible to put measures in place that make a home toddler-proof, we recommend all parents ensure they have sufficient insurance to cover possible accidents and make sure any repairs are carried out by qualified tradesmen."

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