May 10

Brits Spend £3k A Year To Upgrade Homes


Homeowners in the UK are spending more and more money to keep their house up-to-date and functional, with recent figures showing the country spends as much as £83 million on DIY jobs a year.

The research from digital bank Zopa found that each adult affords £3,048 on home improvement jobs each 12 months to make their house comfortable, safe and presented well, according to MoneyAge.

The FeelGood Money Company also revealed that Brits are so concerned about how their homes look that they spend 108 hours every year improving it.

Many people feel inclined to renovate their houses often to keep up with appearances, as 77 per cent of Brits feel ashamed about how their property looks when unexpected guests turn up.

However, for a lot of people, making these home renovations is a necessity, as it could enable them to enjoy more independence and stay in their residence for longer.

Indeed, those with disabilities or who are beginning to suffer from restricted mobility as they get older will benefit from fitting half-height shower doors or a small walk-in bath in their bathroom suite. These changes could mean the difference between being able to live in their home for as long as possible, or having to move out and find a property with better access according to their needs.

Joan Simmons, professor of occupational therapy at Spring College in the US, advised making simple alterations to the bathroom for those becoming less mobile. These include installing bars around the bath to help getting in and out of it safely, and fitting strong lighting to always be able to see any potential hazards, Mass Appeal reported.

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