More than half of British homeowners are improving their homes through DIY, according to new research.
The study, from Halifax, says that the average spend on home improvements over the last 12 months was £6,362 – a £1,000 increase on the year before.
DIY could be the perfect solution for cash-strapped homeowners looking to improve their properties. Our DIY expert has picked eight jobs hat will keep your home in good shape. Find out how you could save £1,500 by doing the repairs yourself in our DIY home repairs advice guide.
Painting and decorating
Halifax’s research reports that redecorating is still the most popular form of home improvement for DIY-ers, with almost two thirds (65%) having given their home a lick of paint or a change of wallpaper over the last 12 months.
Dulux says that its PaintPod and PaintPod Compact will save you time and effort on your decorating. We’ve had a go at painting with both to see if they live up to the promise – find out how they performed in our Dulux PaintPod and PaintPod Compact review.
Improve your kitchen
New kitchens are still the priciest way to improve your home, with the average spend rising from £6,300 to £6,609 over the last 12 months.
Although a well-planned kitchen will add value to your house, a lot of people end up spending more than they had initially planned on getting a new kitchen fitted. Our planning a kitchen guide offers tips on how to design and buy your kitchen without going over budget.
Don’t forget to factor in the cost of tradespeople you’ll need to employ – have a look at our guide to tradespeople costs to get an idea of what you should expect to pay for any work you’d need to get done.
Double glazing and new windows were the second most expensive home improvement, with homeowners shelling out an average of £3,646. 10% of the heat in your home is lost through windows, so double glazing is an investment that should reduce your energy bills – if it’s done properly.
Our guide on how to buy double glazing includes advice on your rights when buying from double glazing installers.
Updating and modernising
The two main goals motivating home improvements were to improve the look and design of the house, and to update and modernise the home. Small revamps and the tips listed in our eco house guide could also save you money by making your house more energy efficient, as well as adding value to your house if you decide to sell.
If you’re embarking on home improvements with a view to raise the value of your home before you sell, we’ve put together six simple steps to valuing your property and tips on how to get it right.