Brits shelling out £220.62 each year on room re-vamps

Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Home improvement is undoubtedly a consistently fashionable past time – with the sheer amount of useful information out there on the subject a testament to that fact.

In fact, it seems that on average homeowners do an awful lot of revamping, giving one of their rooms or more an update each year.

These revamps tend to come at a price of £220.62 each year – added together that's £13,347.51 throughout life, but for most people (80 per cent or so) the outcome is worth it because they like the changes they have made.

Graham & Brown discovered these facts following a survey that took in the views of close to 2,000 people.

And it seems that updates might be on the cards for Christmas, given that one in five Brits think that special occasions are a good excuse for home improvements.

A tenth of the sample took inspiration via things they have seen on the TV – which they then try and incorporate into their homes.

Graham & Brown's Mark Radford has talked about how boring seeing an unaltered room can be when you're at home much of the time.

"It stands to reason that on a regular basis people like to make changes to the interior of their homes," he said.

"It is great to reinvent rooms in your house, it is amazing the transformation a lick of paint or newly hung wallpaper can make."

And making small alterations can be very affordable, he added, while giving the home a spruce yearly means they remain fashionable.

"It is funny how trends come and go and now the resurgence of patterned wallpapers are now really making a comeback," advised Mr Radford.

"Whether you re-paper one feature wall or the whole room it can make the most boring of rooms bang up to date and exciting once again."

"Brits are known for embracing and loving their DIY, and decorating isn’t something you need help with."

They should, however, always remember not to take on tasks that might lead to the sort of damage that could result in a home insurance claim.

Some 25 per cent of Graham & Brown's sample have rooms where one or more walls are purple or red.

Forty per cent had given a space a redecoration job, leaving it the same shade it had been previously, to increase its smartness.

Posted by Noel Martin. 

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