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New research released today by Everest reveals that only 50% of us are house proud

New research released today by Everest reveals that only 50% of us are house proud

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Date: 23/05/2014

Only half of Brits are house proud, while the rest prefer our friends and families’ homes to our own.

That’s according to new research released today, which asked whether we take pride in our homes or are more likely to feel embarrassment about the state of our abodes.

Interestingly, dated carpets, weeds and moss on the driveway, old wallpaper, cracked ceilings and old windows were the aspects of the home that people were most embarrassed by. Conversely, gadgets were the hands-down winner of the things we are most proud of in our home, with flat screen TVs, computers and mobile devices topping the list. More than one in ten of us are envious of our friends’ and families’ homes; a quarter believing our own home is more cluttered, with one in eight saying theirs is more old-fashioned.

Almost two thirds surveyed by Everest as part of ‘The Home Pride Index’ plan on doing-up some part of their homes this year with redecorating a bedroom, painting the home inside and out, doing the kitchen and getting new carpets topping the list. Furthermore, half will be doing jobs around the house this bank holiday weekend with one in five finishing off odd jobs, one in six painting and one in eight doing quick fixes on problems.

Melissa Porter, spokesperson for the research, says: “This research was really interesting because despite the fact that 75% of us are spending more time at home compared to ten years ago, only half of us are proud about the state of our abodes. The kerb appeal of people’s properties was revealed as a major area of dissatisfaction and addressing this can be as simple as replacing or re-touching the front door to give your home the face-lift it needs.”

Jill McLintock of Everest says: “There are some quick-fixes people can do over this bank holiday weekend, and a lick of paint or driveway clean can go a long way. It was interesting to see that despite the exterior of people’s properties being one of the greatest causes of embarrassment, exterior renovations came behind holidays, a new car and interior improvements when we asked people about investment priorities. New windows can completely transform a property – if they’re old and shabby the whole place can look dejected and uninviting. Plus, it’s an investment that can last a lifetime.”

The survey also revealed:

  • The rooms in our homes we feel most embarrassed about came out as our bathroom, kitchen and main bedroom.
  •  More than half of us regularly like to breathe new life into our homes to make sure they don’t look outdated.
  • Interior renovations are one of our biggest expenditures with our kitchens, lounges and bathrooms costing us on average almost £4,000.
  • Having plenty of storage space came out as the most important thing for people to have in their homes, followed by space for domestic utilities and large living areas for eating and entertaining.