Homeowners spending more on home makeovers

Favoured methods to revamp the home are a new coat of paint and wallpaper (65 per cent)  – with the average household spending around £1,000 more on improvements than the previous year.
 
Garden improvements remain the second most preferred work on the home at 37 per cent (according to the Halifax figures) with new furnishings (31 per cent), new carpets (22 per cent) and a new bathroom (19 per cent) following hot on its heels.
 
While the main motivations for the improvements was to update or generally boost the look of the home, many of the highlighted types of work are also inexpensive yet important ways to give your home a fresh feel if you are looking to sell it.
 
This is according to estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray. Commercial director Nick Salmon said: “One of the best pieces of advice we can give to sellers is to take a long hard look at their home and decide if it would appeal to someone looking to buy it?
 
“Simple tweaks and improvements, like a new coat of paint, general repairs inside and outside the home, a tidy garden and clean carpets and fresh looking and smelling rooms, are all relatively inexpensive but highly important ways to give your home the edge when selling it.”
 
Nick added: “A number of people wrongly think that a complete overhaul will attract more potential buyers. This can be expensive and there is no guarantee that the way they have spent their money will be to a new owner’s liking. Keeping it simple is often the best and most rewarding action to take.”

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