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Interest in property refurbishment on increase

"Or, it could be down to the move or improve scenario, and homeowners choosing to renovate their property to create more pleasant and spacious surroundings, in the belief they may be stuck there for some time."

Davies said the property refurbishment sector was "extremely slow" at the turn of 2009.

This he believes was mainly down to people assessing their situations and the impact of the recession.

"Between summer 2008 to the beginning of March 2009, homeowners tended to be spending in the region of £15,000 to £20,000 on refurbishments – primarily for decoration work, such as a new bathroom or kitchen," he said.

"Many clients were ‘sitting on’ quotes, but now they are beginning to place their orders.

"A large number of these are for larger scale refurbishments, around £100,000 to £150,000. These types of refurbishment include work to the whole interior, and are not just confined to one room."

Aspect Maintenance said its average refurbishment cost was around £60,000 for work throughout properties, and the kitchen and bathroom remained the key rooms.

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