As a nation obsessed with DIY and home improvement, house proud Brits update their homes on a regular basis, but it appears they are overlooking one important room, according to new research.
The survey of 1,012 UK adults carried out by bathroom specialists, BetterBathrooms.com, has revealed Brits leave their bathroom for 60 months on average, before deciding to refurbish the room.
The research which looked into the nation’s renovation habits, revealed that the bathroom is the least frequently updated room in the home (68%).
The kitchen came in second place with 62% of the votes, meanwhile 59% revealed it was the dining room.
Bedrooms (41%) and lounges (32%) completed the list of the five rooms in the home updated least regularly.
When quizzed on the reasons why the bathroom is the least renovated room in the house as regularly, almost 1 in 3 (29%) said it is often a bigger project for home owners and 1 in 5 (21%) said it came down to cost.
Despite this, 42% admitted that they would be willing to pay more for a new home if there was no renovation or replacement work needed.
1 in 3 (33%) of those surveyed admitted that having well-presented rooms was one of the most important factors when considering a new home.
Lee Glenister, Head of Marketing for BetterBathrooms.com commented: “Brits are becoming even more house proud, but it is surprising to see how the bathroom is often left last.”
Obviously, cost is a big consideration when it comes to refurbishing larger projects such as the bathroom or kitchen. That said, home owners don’t need to change everything in the room in order to make it look refreshed - in fact updating one feature such as the taps, paint or the toilet can make a difference.”
Glenister continues: “The research also shows how regular updates to the home can largely increase the perceived value of a home and make it more desirable to buyers.”
When it comes to updating rooms in the home, more than half surveyed admitted that flooring was the top feature to change (53%), followed by lighting (39%) and then wall decor (21%).
According to the survey, the top 5 least frequently updated rooms in the home are....
1. Bathroom – 68%
2. Kitchen – 62%
3. Dining Room – 59%
4. Bedroom – 41%
5. Lounge – 32%