For many Brits, the Easter weekend presents a great opportunity to get handy in the house, making a start on those DIY jobs that have been on the ‘to do’ list for months.
With four work-free days ahead for the majority of homeowners, this is a popular time of the year to begin those long-awaited redecorating plans or repair things you have let deteriorate over the winter months.
According to high street retailer Robert Dyas: “With the weather looking up, now is the perfect time to seize the opportunity and get to work on some of those DIY projects you’ve been meaning to nail for a while.”
While some Brits will be considering large-scale long-term plans to update their properties, most will simply want to spruce up their home in the short amount of time they have available this coming weekend.
One of the easiest ways to give homes an upgrade is by changing the flooring, as this instantly makes a room feel brand new and can even alter its use. For instance, by swapping carpet for pave floor in a living room, homeowners can put a dining table in and make it an open-plan dining-lounge.
Alternatively, some properties that have not been updated since the 1980s or 1990s might still have carpets in their bathrooms. In which case, homeowners will be keen to use professionals with floor strippers to remove this and install vinyl in the room instead.
UK homeowners love the chance to constantly redecorate their properties – whether to add value to their asset or because they simply want a change of design. According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), property owners have typically spent as much as £1,875 on home improvements over the last five years. In fact, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) have updated their homes during this time-frame.
The majority of these Brits redecorated their houses, with 73 per cent choosing to give their homes a new lease of life in this way, while 54 per cent focussed on landscaping the garden. As many as 39 per cent turned their attention to adding new flooring – proving just how popular this job is when it comes to DIY tasks.
NAEA Propertymark’s chief executive Mark Hayward noted that one of the main reasons for Brits to redecorate is to add value to their homes, saying: “Improvements that create a sense of space, privacy and a give a great first impression will increase saleability.”
New flooring can make rooms appear larger, more modern, and in some cases, easier to clean.
Mr Hayward suggested choosing simple décor to increase the home’s appeal to future buyers, saying: “[This] will allow them to adapt the property to fit their own needs.”
Among the home improvement tasks that might be undertaken over the bank holiday, as well as upgrading the flooring, include painting, stripping wallpaper, and sprucing up outdoor furniture in time for the arrival of sunny weather that we are expected to see this weekend.