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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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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