Many of us are house proud and like to make sure we keep our home up to date, but a survey has revealed the geographical location in the UK where the residents are the most home improvement obsessed. Northamptonshire has been named the UK’s home improvement capital, following results from a survey by Bark.com.
People living in the county search for the services of painters, plasterers and interior designers more than residents living anywhere else in the nation – proving that they are the most concerned with home improvements and renovations. They also love their gardens, as searches for gardening services were also higher than the rest of the UK.
The research found that Northamptonshire residents request plasterers 80% more than the national average, seek painters 66% more often and interior designers 40% more often. The requests for exterior painters were 40% higher than the rest of the nation, while 15% of all requests from people in the county were for gardening services.
John Oberlin-Harris, marketing director at Bark.com, said: “These insights show that people living in the area are house proud – but not too proud to ask someone to help around the home.”
However, as these results are based on people seeking services, it doesn’t take into account homeowners who take on renovations and improvements themselves. From another angle, it could be that Northamptonshire residents are the laziest when it comes to home improvements by hiring other people to do it for them! Or perhaps residents in other areas can’t afford to pay for the services of painters and plasterers, so get stuck in with DIY jobs.
Are you house proud?
The Oxford dictionary definition of ‘house proud’ is:
Attentive to, or preoccupied with, the care and appearance of one’s home.
If you own a home and have invested a lot of money in it, then you’re likely to want to take pride in it and be attentive to the appearance – inside and outside – of your home. We don’t think there’s anything wrong with that! After all, we spend a lot of time in our homes so it’s important we feel happy and content in them! Taking good care of your home and adding improvements could also boost the value of your property if you ever decide to sell.
More than 1 in 3 homeowners spend over £2,000 a year on home improvements. How do you weigh up with the national average?
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