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The price of the perfect home

The price of the perfect home


The average Brit needs to spend more than £18,000 and four-and-a-half years working on their home before they can consider it ‘perfect’, a new study has revealed.

Installing a new kitchen and bathroom, laying new carpets or flooring and building a conservatory or an extension are among the top improvements we Brits want to do to our home before we will see it as complete.

The study showed less than one in 10 homeowners currently consider their home to be perfect with 55 per cent saying they have a long to-do list of improvements and changes. However, three quarters worry they are never going to get their home to a point where they are completely happy with it because of a lack of time, money and know-how.

John Ogilvie, Managing Director of installer network Network VEKA, which commissioned the research, said: “All of us look forward to the day when our homes are exactly as we want them. But it seems there is a long way to go for some – involving plenty of money, dedicating hours of their spare time and perhaps a few DIY mishaps along the way.

“While some of the jobs are fairly minor, it looks like there are many who want to complete some big changes or major work on their home before they can see it as perfect.

“Rather than worrying about it and risking a disastrous and possibly expensive mistake, getting in a trusted professional can not only mean the job is completed much quicker, but there is the peace of mind that it will be done to the highest standard required.”

The average home needs 10 improvements and DIY jobs

The study, of 2,000 homeowners, found that the average home needs 10 improvements and DIY jobs, with owners estimating these will cost £18,038. While 36 per cent believe just a few minor jobs are needed to make their home perfect, 23 per cent admit it is mostly major work preventing them from having their dream home.

But more than half worry a lack of money will stop them from ever getting their perfect home, while another 28 per cent say it needs a professional in order to do the things they want.

The study also found that a brave 15 per cent of Brits attempt all DIY work themselves, but 16 per cent admit they always get a professional in, regardless of how big or small the job is.

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