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Kitchens and bathrooms top of list for home improvements

New research from Go Compare has revealed that kitchen and bathroom refurbs are at the top of the list for home improvements among UK homeowners.

February 26, 2016

 

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Kitchens are hot property when it comes to updating our homes according to a new survey of the UK’s top home improvements, commissioned by Go Compare Home Insurance.

In the last 5 years, over a third of homeowners have undertaken a home improvement or extension. New kitchens, bathrooms and installing energy efficient measures including fitting a new boiler, central heating system or double glazing top the list of work carried out.

However, the research found that 52% of homeowners who had undertaken major works hadn’t informed their home insurance provider of the changes they have made – potentially invalidating their home insurance.

 

Top 10 home improvements carried out in the last 5 years
1 Fitted a new kitchen 48%
2 Installed a new bathroom 45%
3 Installed a new boiler or central heating 40%
4 Installed double glazing 30%
5 A garden make-over 29%
6 Built an extension 21%
7 Knocked through rooms 13%
8 Added an extra bedroom 10%
9 Fitted solar panels 9%
10 Created an attic conversion 8%

 

Updating your kitchen or extending your home can increase its value, which inevitably increases the home’s rebuilding costs and household contents.

Remember if you are doing a loft conversion or extension it is possible you may need a party wall agreement with your neighbour – check out our advice.

Find out more about how to insure your home in our guide and take a look at our top tips on home improvement for more information. 

 

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