How much will the average spring renovation cost?

How much will the average spring renovation cost?

According to new research from American Express, upgrades and refurbishments to homes spurred on with the long Easter weekend just around the corner, will cost on average £3,404.

Britain’s homeowners are hatching plans to spruce up their homes and will splash out, according to the report, an average of £678 on renovations, £433 on home repairs and £314 on soft furnishings in 2016.

Britain’s Shopping List for 2016 Home Improvements

Homeowners are being driven to DIY distraction this year as they feel their homes could do with freshening up (33%). A further 15% claim it’s their house-proud nature that is motivating them to make a change.

In order to save money on home makeovers, just over a third (35%) are set to do the work themselves and only one in nine (12%) would consider asking a friend or family member to lend a hand. Shrewd shoppers also plan to turn to retailer sales (27%) and discount websites (21%) in a bid to balance their budgets.

Catherine Prentke, Director at American Express, said: “Homeowners are looking to invest in revamping and revitalising their homes in 2016. However the cost of home improvements can soon add up. That’s why we’re encouraging people to consider putting their spend on a card which allows them to earn cashback or rewards on their shopping.”


Regional breakdown

1) Residents of Edinburgh will spend more than £1,598 on major home renovations, more than twice the national average

2) Homeowners in Leeds will spend £653 on average on home repairs such as new windows and doors

3) Soft furnishings are a firm favourite amongst Londoners, who plan to spend £467 on carpets, curtains and cushions this year

4) Mancunians intend to spend over £350 on painting and decorating in 2016

5) Residents of Newcastle will cook up a storm this year, spending £211 on kitchen accessories – three times the national average.

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MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG
NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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Landlady14
Landlady14 01 Mar 2017

You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

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Mark
Mark 01 Mar 2017

Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor 28 Feb 2017

I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

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Alan Read
Alan Read 28 Feb 2017

Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

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James Powell
James Powell 27 Feb 2017

This is a very good news.

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DanHumphreys
DanHumphreys 27 Feb 2017

It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

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Matt
Matt 20 Feb 2017

Is this fake news?

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Matthew Hollywood
Matthew Hollywood 07 Feb 2017

Matthew Hollywood - Director Mishon Mackay Land & New Homes - Brighton The shortage of New Homes is in part effected by the lack of land sales. Land sales are held back because there is a disparity between...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jan 2017

Hi Graham, Would be interesting to see the above figure calculated against an investment via a Lt Company /SPV structure and if the investor found themselves pushed in to the higher tax bracket. Mortgage...

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