DIY, decoration and renovation comes hand in hand with owning a home, for some it’s a joy, for others it’s a hassle, but home upgrades are inevitable.
There are many ways to improve a home, from the simple task of changing a room’s colour scheme to fitting an entirely new kitchen, but which improvements are the most popular?
A recent survey looked into the work carried out by UK homeowners across the last 5 years and revealed which projects are the most common.
According to GoCompare Home Insurance, the majority of work carried out in UK homes are cosmetic upgrades (68%) while just over a third of work carried out on a home (38%) falls into the category of essential maintenance.
Following this, it is no surprise that the number one job that has been undertaken by 50% of homeowners across the last 5 years is interior decoration and it’s clear that a new lick of paint can go a long way.
Taking 2nd place in the top 10 with 31% is the task of replacing the flooring with new carpet or hard wood flooring. An upgrade that is somewhat expected as another survey recently revealed that worn flooring can be one of the biggest put-offs for a buyer when viewing a property.
The 3rd most common improvement is arguably the most expensive of the bunch, with 29% choosing to install a new bathroom.
Other upgrades that were quite popular included tasks such as a garden makeover, fitting a new kitchen and installing a new boiler or central heating system, all of which were chosen by 25% of survey participants.
Moving towards the bottom of the table and chosen by 21% of homeowners was new windows/double glazing, an upgrade that not only improves the aesthetics of a home, but also can help with energy efficiency.
The final 3 to make the list were installing a new shed or garden building (16%), Exterior redecoration (13%) and Improving the insulation (13%).
So, what does this top 10 list reveal? Well, it shows a clear desire for both style and efficiency, while most upgrades are down to homeowners wanting to add their own personal flair to a home, there is a good number of upgrades that ensure the property isn’t wasteful when it comes to heating.
This survey also shows that as a nation we aren’t afraid to get stuck into the bigger projects and renovate a property to make feel more like a home.