It’s all about home improvements and renovations for Brits, it would seem, with new research revealing that the typical person will stay in their home for an impressive 19 years before they decide to move. And during that time, they regularly update the property they live in.
The 2018 Barclays Home Improvement Report has found that 54 per cent of homeowners in the UK would opt to improve their homes than move to a different one, with the most popular home improvements at the moment emerging as fitting new carpets, new kitchens and landscaping the garden.
The most desired renovation projects were found to be bifold doors leading out into the garden, smart home technology and a spa bathroom.
In terms of DIY faux pas, the biggest property turn-offs are woodchip wallpaper, mirrored ceilings, carpeted bathrooms, ugly blinds, fake beams, outdoor toilets, Artex ceilings, stone cladding inside, beaded door curtains and stone cladding outside.
Commenting on the findings, TV property expert Phil Spencer said: “There has long been an appetite for home improvements in the UK, and with so many of us now staying in our properties for such a long time, it is clear that our homes are so much more than just bricks and mortar – they are a space for us to relax and enjoy times with our loved ones, so it is important to make them fit for purpose.
“It is also really interesting to see how social media is impacting on our attitude to home improvements. It’s clear that the likes of Instagram and Pinterest are really inspiring particularly the younger generation and I’m sure this is partly contributing to the changing interior tastes.”
Doing up your home can be quite the expensive endeavour if you rely on tradesmen to do a lot of the work for you, but you can cut costs if you learn how to take on certain tasks yourself. Going on a renovation workshop might be a wise idea, as you can end up spending a lot more money on renovation repairs if you get it wrong because you lack experience.
Check out the recent blog post we wrote on the subject for further information. And don’t forget that you can always head online to do your own research – YouTube videos are a brilliant resource and can really help you get to grips with certain jobs at home.
But if you’re tempted to try something that involves plumbing or electrical work, do make sure you know exactly what you’re doing and that you have the necessary skills and experience. This can be very dangerous work and can put your family at risk if not done properly – so unless you’re confident in your abilities, always get the professionals in to get the job done safely.
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