It appears that improving our properties is a more popular option than moving home at present, with new research from Barclays Mortgages showing just how long we’re staying in our homes.
The organisation found that, across the UK, Brits stay in the same property for an average of 18.7 years before moving. This increases to 22.6 years in Wales, while Scotland is where homeowners move most often, changing abodes an average of once every 14.5 years.
But wherever you live, it’s clear to see that once we buy our own homes, we tend to stay put for a reasonably long amount of time. During that time, our tastes and lifestyles change, so it’s easy to understand why we’d want to make home improvements.
In fact, almost half (48 per cent) of those surveyed said that the reason they carried out home improvements was to make their property better suit their personal tastes.
Just one-quarter said that the main reason they made home improvements was to boost the value of their property.
It’s also interesting to look at the most popular home improvement projects identified by the financial organisation. Top of the list was fitting new carpets, with 35 per cent. This was followed by installing a new kitchen (31 per cent) and having the garden landscaped (29 per cent).
Any interior home improvement projects are going to necessitate moving your furniture around – either to get it out of the way for something like carpet fitting, or to ensure it isn’t damaged when you’re painting or carrying out other DIY tasks.
Invest in furniture gliders to make this process as simple as possible. With these affordable and handy items you’ll be able to move even the largest pieces of furniture with ease.
However, when you’re choosing your next home improvement project there are a few things that you might want to steer clear of. One of the least desirable interior design choices is woodchip wallpaper, with 60 per cent of those surveyed describing this is a no-no.
Mirrored ceilings, carpeted bathrooms, ugly blinds and fake beams completed the top five things that people would prefer not to see in interiors.
Given that 73 per cent of Brits plan to carry out home improvements of some kind in the next 12 months, while 79 per cent of those surveyed have completed home improvement projects in the past year, these preferences are certainly worth bearing in mind.
Of course, if it’s your home and you love woodchip wallpaper, there’s nothing to stop you covering your walls in it, but just bear in mind that it’s unlikely to appeal to others and could therefore make it more difficult to sell your home when you do put it on the market.
But when it comes to selling your home, there are other things that buyers are more concerned about than the wallpaper.
The Daily Mail recently shared the results of a survey by Privilege Home Insurance, which highlighted the top turn-offs for buyers. Damp was in the number one spot, with 67 per cent saying this would put them off a home.
Structural deficiencies was in at number two, and a lack of natural light was the third biggest concern among prospective buyers.