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Based on 2203 responses
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Very poor
Very good
OK
Poor
Good
Tenure
One
Three or more
Two
Households
39% have children
4%
Other
33%
Renters
61%
Home
owners
1%
Shared
ownership
Number of bedrooms
19% have an older adult
Number of adults in household
Type of property
9.4
Avg years until moving
10.5
Avg years
in current home
52%
felt their homes to be in a good or better condition when they moved in
Who, what and why? Start here to find out who is making home improvements, what they are doing and why they are doing it.


 
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13%
39%
45%
16%
16%
Renters
32%
Renters
48%
Renters
50%
Home
owners
73%
Home
owners
66%
Home
owners
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29%
Renters
Avg. number
of bedrooms: 2
1%
Shared
ownership
Avg. number
of bedrooms: 3.1
 
Avg. number
of bedrooms: 3
1%
Shared
ownership
1%
Shared
ownership
Avg. number
of bedrooms: 2.9
62%
Home
owners
1%
Shared
ownership
Single adult households1
Households with children
Multiple adult households1
Older adult households1, 2
Improvers 76%
Avg. number of improvements
Completed 9
Planned 2
Improvers 81%
Avg. number of improvements
Completed 8
Planned 3
Improvers 85%
Avg. number of improvements
Completed 12
Planned 2
Improvers 68%
Avg. number of improvements
Completed 6
Planned 2
Flat / Apartment 7%
Mid-terrace 15%
End of terrace 8%
Detached 35%
Semi-detached 33%
Other 3%
Flat / Apartment 15%
Mid-terrace 21%
End of terrace 9%
Detached 38%
Semi-detached 16%
Other 1%
Flat / Apartment 17%
Mid-terrace 17%
End of terrace 7%
Detached 33%
Semi-detached 24%
Other 2%
Flat / Apartment 46%
Mid-terrace 15%
End of terrace 7%
Detached 19%
Semi-detached 10%
Other 2%
Survey respondents: Just who is taking the survey and what kind of homes do they live in?

1 Does not include households with children,
2 Households not mutually exclusive to other types
 
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£
Average rank
Time and mess
Cost
People's ability
Aesthetics and choice
Delayed starts: The start of home improvement projects are influenced by a variety of factors, e.g how long they will take to complete, how much they cost, how much disruption they cause, etc. 

Below is a list reasons people have given for delaying the start of their home improvement projects. Each one is ranked by its importance in the decision to delay the start of a project, where 1 = Not at all important and 5 = Extremely important.
The ability to choose which improvements you want
4.12
Changing original features or appearance of home
3.52
The worry that it might look worse after the work than it does now
3.48
The risk of employing cowboy builders
4.06
Your ability to make home improvements yourself
3.79
Time and effort required to find reliable trades people
3.75
The ability of friends and family to help with the works
3.18
The overall cost of making the improvements
4.31
Whether you have saved enough money to make the improvements
4.11
The time it will take to get the money invested back through savings on bills
3.49
Whether financial support for the type of work required is available
3.44
Time and effort needed to get the work done
3.79
The physical mess associated with home improvement work
3.56
Changes to daily routine while works take place
3.53
Time needed to find out about home improvements
3.44
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Planned renewable energy technologies
Top 10 planned home improvements
Top 10 completed home improvements
Installed renewable energy technologies
11%
Completed
13%
Planned
72%
Planned
77%
Completed
Home improvements: Take a look to find out what the most common home improvements are and what improvements people are planning to undertake.
54%
39%
38%
19%
17%
15%
3%
46%
26%
20%
19%
15%
13%
7%
78%
46%
27%
24%
23%
21%
17%
16%
13%
11%
89%
76%
73%
54%
52%
50%
50%
46%
40%
39%
Solar electricity system (Photovoltaics)
Solar hot water system
Air source heat pumps
Wind turbine to generate electricity
Ground source heat pumps
Wood fuelled heating system
Other (please state)
Solar electricity system (Photovoltaics)
Solar hot water system
Air source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps
Wood fuelled heating system
Wind turbine to generate electricity
Other (please state)
General decoration (painting, plastering, tiling, etc.)
Replace carpets or floor coverings
Change the garden / outdoor space
Fit a new or improved bathroom
Fit a new or improved kitchen
Replace light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs
Replace or repair paths or patios
Replace windows or doors
Replace boiler
Build an extension / conservatory
General decoration (painting, plastering, tiling, etc.)
Replaced light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs
Replaced carpets or other floor coverings
Changed the garden / outdoor space
Fitted a new or improved bathroom
Replaced boiler
Fitted a new or improved kitchen
Installed smoke alarm(s)
Installed loft insulation
Replaced windows or doors
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No
23%
Yes
77%
Top 10 reasons for not making home improvements
A sample of 'other' reasons respondents have given for not making home improvements
(Note examples are presented verbatim).
Barriers to change: The majority of people would like to make some sort of improvement to their homes. However, it isn't always possible. The most common reasons as to why not are presented below.
Drivers for change: The reasons for making home improvements are many and varied, the most common being related to making a home more comfortable, nicer looking or updating old and worn out areas or items.
Have there been any home improvements carried out on your home since you moved in?
67%
64%
45%
45%
38%
31%
29%
27%
25%
21%
47%
28%
11%
10%
10%
9%
8%
8%
7%
6%
not sure if im going to stay here
not my responsability
not allowed to make changes to the property
not allowed to make changes to property
none
I do not think there is any work that needs to be done
Too expensive
Landlord plans to in the future
Too much effort to do the works
I don't want to change the appearance of my home
Takes too much time to do the works
The physical mess of works
Other (please state)
I cannot get financial support for the work
Landlord refused
To make my home more comfortable
To make my home look nice
To reduce my energy bills
To make my home more energy efficient
The old one was worn out or needed to be replaced
To increase the value of my property
Not doing it would have led to more damage to the property in the future
To provide more space
To meet changes in family circumstances
To make other family members happy
Top 10 reasons for undertaking home improvements
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Completed
Planned
Reasons for completing and planning home improvements
Drivers for change: The reasons for making home improvements are many and varied, the most common being related to making a home more comfortable, nicer looking or updating old and worn out areas or items.
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Satisfaction with bathroom now
Very satisfied
Very satisfied
Very dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
Satisfaction with kitchen now
£6047
Avg. cost of
kitchen
52%
New or
improved bathroom
50%
New or
improved kitchen
The Hob and Tub: Replacing or improving the bathroom and kitchen are amongst the most commonly planned home improvements. Unsurprisingly they also feature highly on the list completed home improvements. If you are planning to replace or improve your bathroom and / or kitchen take a look at what others have bought and what they think of their purchases now.
 
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of those trying
57%
found it easy or very easy
Sources people look to for information on making home improvements
Things that would help to decide what to do to improve the energy efficiency of your home
43%
Tried to find out about the energy efficiency of home improvement products
The Low Down

The most frequented source of information on making home improvements is the Internet. Below are some links you might find useful when making a search.

Note: Includes links to both BRE and non-BRE websites. BRE is not responsible for the content of external websites.

 
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73%
Would consider moving into a newly built home
Additional considerations when moving into a newly built home
BRE's Home Quality Mark: The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is a national standard for new homes, which uses a simple 5-star rating to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home's design, construction quality and running costs. To see more on the HQM click here.
When moving home most people consider location, size, number of bedrooms, whether there is a garden, garage or off-street parking. Below are some of the things that are also considered when moving into a newly built home.
 
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Additional bedrooms with their own en-suite as well as a family bathroom
Larger additional bedrooms with just a family bathroom
Smaller additional bedrooms if this leaves space for an additional bedroom / study room as well as a family bathroom
Flexible walls so that bedroom size and number could be changed in the future
Outside areas
Family Living: What are the most desirable features to have in a new home when it comes to family living? The following features of different parts of the home (designed for a family of 2 adults and 2 children) are given in rank order of preference. 
Less desirable to more desirable
Kitchen / diner and separate family / living room
Separate kitchen, dining room and family / living room
Kitchen / family room and separate dining room
Single open plan room including kitchen, dining area and family / living area
Large master bedroom and en-suite
Very large master bedroom
Smaller master bedroom, separate dressing area and en-suite
Smaller master bedroom if it leaves space for an additional bedroom / study
Storage space with walkway and shelving
Living space already provided in roof to provide additional bedroom(s)
Trussed rafters (no storage space) with deeper insulation to reduce running and purchase costs
Larger beams to make roof space conversions easier
Larger back garden
Larger front garden with off-street parking provision
Smaller back garden with balconies off bedrooms
Dedicated space for growing vegetables or keeping livestock (chickens, pig, etc)
Living space arrangement
Master bedroom arrangement
Use of roof space
Other / additional bedroom provision