LONDON, August 23, 2017: One homeowner's good taste is another's instant dislike according to a new report which reveals that redecorating is the top priority for house-buyers.
Three-quarters (74%) of those who responded to the survey for Purplebricks, said their first improvement job after purchasing a new property was to change the decor.
Just over one in three (34%) said they spent between GBP1,000 and GBP5,000 within the first three months of moving in while 15% spent over GBP25,000.
After picking up a paintbrush, new carpets and curtains came next on the list of changes followed by new furniture, then a revamp of the kitchen and the bathroom.
Structural alterations such as adding extra rooms or outdoor and garden space was considered by one in 12 of those questioned in the report, which looked at the effects of house-buying costs on home owners.
Almost everyone questioned (92%) said plans to create their dream home were delayed due to unexpected bills.
Two thirds admitted that they had miscalculated the full cost of buying a property and had failed to take account of estate agents' and solicitors' fees.
When it came to estimating the amount of commission payable on selling a GBP500,000 house, 96% underestimated the cost and one in seven (16%) said they had no idea what the bill would be.
When asked what they would do if they saved money on a sale, 88% of sellers said they'd spend it on improvements for their new home. 12% said they would take a holiday to get over the stress.
Michael Bruce, CEO, Purplebricks, said: "Everyone likes to put their own stamp on things and make a new property their own when they move in. Saving on hefty commission fees means homeowners have the cash to indulge their inner house doctor. That's where we help - we charge one fair, fixed fee, with no commisery."
Top jobs on moving into a new home
2 Installing the TV
3 New curtains
4 New carpets
5 New furniture
6 Revamping the kitchen
7 Updating the bathroom
8 Creating extra room
9 Installing extra bathroom/ensuite
10 Landscaping/improving the outdoor space
Find any Critical Errors? Please Report It!