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Only one in 10 make home improvements to add value

Only one in 10 English and Welsh people make home improvements to increase the value of their property, according to a survey by Halifax.

Thirty-one per cent said they carried out work to improve their standard of living and 35 per cent said to improve the look or design of their home.

The top five most popular home improvements are new flooring at 51 per cent, garden makeovers at 47 per cent, double-glazing at 33 per cent, a fitted kitchen at 32 per cent and a new bathroom at 32 per cent.

Respondents believe the features that would add the most value include a fitted kitchen at 33 per cent, central heating at 15 per cent, double-glazing at 13 per cent, a conservatory at 11 per cent and a garage at 5 per cent.

Chief valuer Patrick Sawdon says: “It is heartening to see that adding value to a home is not the sole motivator for undertaking improvements.”


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