Bri­tons spend an av­er­age of £15k do­ing up new home

Birmingham Post - - BUSINESS -

BRI­TONS spend an av­er­age of just over £15,000 trans­form­ing a new house into a home, re­search sug­gests.

Home own­ers typ­i­cally spend £15,419 put­ting their own stamp on a prop­erty af­ter they first move into it, a sur­vey from Sarah Beeny’s es­tate agent found.

The liv­ing room is most likely to be tack­led first af­ter mov­ing in, fol­lowed by the kitchen and main bed­room, the re­search found.

On av­er­age, it takes them three­and-a-half months to un­pack all of their be­long­ings af­ter mov­ing in.

It typ­i­cally takes four months for a new house to feel like a home, the re­search among more than 2,000 peo­ple found.

The first five jobs peo­ple are most likely to im­me­di­ately tackle af­ter mov­ing in are sort­ing out the broad­band, TV and phone, clean­ing, put­ting the bed up, call­ing util­ity sup­pli­ers and put­ting up blinds and cur­tains, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

A quar­ter (25 per cent) of peo­ple change the locks straight away af­ter mov­ing in.

When it comes to larger scale home im­prove­ment projects, dec­o­rat­ing, get­ting new car­pets and floor­ing, and trans­form­ing the gar­den are key pri­or­i­ties.

More than a quar­ter (28 per cent) of those sur­veyed put in a new bath­room, while 25 per cent rip out the ex­ist­ing kitchen and 20 per cent in­vest in new win­dows.

Nearly one in five (18 per cent) of those sur­veyed also did some­thing to change the lay­out of their home, while one in eight (12 per cent) ex­tended to cre­ate ex­tra space, Tepilo’s Bri­tish Buyer Barom­e­ter found.

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