Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS SCHOOL NEWS -

o it your­self used to be the big­gest game in town. Now it’s not so pop­u­lar with some home im­prove­ment chains suf­fer­ing.

But we still spend bil­lions at those big sheds sell­ing ev­ery­thing from packs of tacks to new kitchens and bath­rooms.

Most of us say we can wield a paint­brush or use a screw­driver. And some of us, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey from com­par­i­son site GoCom­pare go fur­ther, tack­ling jobs re­quir­ing both ex­per­tise and spare sets of hands.

GoCom­pare’s new sur­vey into top home im­prove­ments over the past five years re­veals re­paint­ing in­doors is the most pop­u­lar up­grade, fol­lowed by putting down new floors and bath­room makeovers.

Two out of three jobs make the prop­erty look bet­ter – you may not need a new kitchen but it will make life eas­ier and your home more at­trac­tive.

Just over one in three projects was es­sen­tial main­te­nance such as en­sur­ing win­dows don’t leak or pre­vent­ing elec­tric­ity prob­lems.

Some jobs are less pop­u­lar. Most homes have dou­ble glaz­ing so we re­place fewer win­dows. Only one in eight homes in­stalls new in­su­la­tion – most prop­er­ties have it.

We’re more both­ered with our home’s in­te­rior than the ex­te­rior. Many don’t have gar­dens so spruc­ing up lawns and build­ing new sheds is low down the list. And im­proved paints and other ma­te­ri­als mean we don’t need to tend to the out­side so of­ten.

What you spend – and what you spend it on – of­ten de­pends on whether you in­tend stay­ing in the prop­erty long term or you want to move in the next year or so.

Re­main­ers need not be so con­cerned with get­ting what they spend on im­prove­ment back. Leavers should stick to ba­sics. If some­thing is bro­ken, then re­place with value items. And there is no point in paint­ing colours which the next peo­ple will hate – far bet­ter just to present some­thing that looks clean or go for white or mag­no­lia.

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