Homeowners go for DIY

This year looks set to be a busy one for budding interior designers as 41% say they plan to decorate their homes in 2013 rather than move.

But only 3% are carrying out improvements to help sell their home, according to new research by the AA’s Home Emergency Response Service as part of its State of the Nation’s Homes series of reports.

The second most popular home improvement is making changes to gardens which almost one-third (30%) plan to do, while a similar number (29%) want to finish home projects that were still work in progress.

Home improvements are not a new hobby for handy Brits; one-third (34%) have made changes to their home within the past five years. The top project was replacing a lawn with decking or a patio (18%), while 8% increased the size of their kitchen or built an extension.

While one-third of respondents made these changes in order to fit their households’ changing requirements, a quarter (25%) has refurbished their home simply because they’ve lived in it for some time and wanted to update it. A further quarter (23%) wanted to increase the size of their home.