Advertorial feature

Majority of Brits want to change something about their home

 

The majority of people in the UK are not content with their homes. New research suggests that over 80 per cent of people want to change something about their property.

From getting round to fixing those home essentials to boosting a property’s value, there are a number of reasons why people may wish to change something about their home.

The survey revealed some interesting answers among respondents when asked ‘ what would you change about your home?’.

According to the latest figures by Everest Home Improvements, a staggering 82 per cent of people want to change something about their home. Being eco-friendly, reducing energy bills and essential home maintenance are all high on the list for improvements, but the number one reason why people want to make changes to their home is so that it looks better.

An online poll following the Ideal Home Show, which Everest sponsored, found that, unsurprisingly, women are keener than men to change features in their home. The study shows that 85 per cent of women want to change something about their home compared to 76 per cent of men.

The reason behind home improvement varies significantly from wanting to improve living standards, to making the house safer. Making our homes safer appears to be the least of the nation’s concerns with only three per cent of respondents listing this as their main motive for improvements.

Of those surveyed, the majority of people who want to change their home are aged 35-54. A massive 92 per cent of respondents in this age group want to alter their home in some way, compared to 72 per cent of those aged 18 to 34.

Making their homes look nicer is a high priority for Brits as nearly a third (30%) of respondents claimed that they want to make alterations to improve their homes’ appearance.

Regionally, the Midlands and Wales are home to the highest percentage of people looking to change something in their property. The study revealed that 84 per cent of people who do want to make changes are from the Midlands and Wales.

Those from Northern Ireland are least likely to change anything in and around their homes, as 25 per cent of respondents from this region are happy with their properties, followed closely by Southerners.

The respondents who want to change things about their home are mostly educated to CSE/O level with 88 per cent of them having this level of qualification. Over 75 per cent of those had A Levels as well. Nearly a third of those surveyed (32 per cent) who are looking to change something about their home earn between £20,000 and £29,000 per annum.

The survey suggests that both those on lower and higher incomes are looking to change things about their home.  A significant 75 per cent of people earning less than £10,000 a year want to make home improvements and 85 per cent of respondents earning between £80,000 and £89,000 want to do the same.

The research highlights that the higher the number of people in the home, the more likely they will be to want to improve the property. For example, 74 per cent of households with two people want to make changes, 86 per cent of households with three people and 91 per cent of households with four people want to make improvements.

The cost of living is soaring for many and a number of households are finding it difficult to cope financially. It might come as no surprise then that a number of homeowners want to find cost cutting measures to reduce household bills, such as installing double-glazing or solar panels. The research revealed that 16 per cent of people want to improve their home purely to reduce their expenditures on energy bills.

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
Suggested Topics
News
peopleMathematician John Nash inspired the film Beautiful Mind
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Life and Style
Audrey Hepburn with Hubert De Givenchy, whose well-cut black tuxedo is a 'timeless look'
fashionIt may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Life and Style
fashionFrom bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine