The thought of embarking on home improvement projects is an exciting prospect for many Brits, but for some it causes a sense of dread - especially if the task at hand is a particularly large one.
People know the stress they will encounter once they even begin to plan such a project and thus end up putting it off and putting it off, until a problem that was once manageable becomes a massive undertaking.
According to Artex, one in five people claim that it typically takes longer than six months to get a job done in the house, making them less inclined to take on a new renovation.
One such job that is commonly put on the back burner is upgrading windows
, despite the fact that they are an integral part of the home.
It is vital that people have high quality double glazing
and window frames so that their home is both energy efficient and looks aesthetically appealing.
When windows are of a poor quality, the ability of a property to retain heat becomes severely compromised and fuel costs skyrocket.
Consequently, it is essential that people don't let their windows fall into disrepair and replace sub-standard frames and glazing.
Nonetheless, some may break out into a cold sweat at the thought of starting such a home improvement.
According to Ellie Tenant, interiors journalist, they are not alone.
"It can be very overwhelming. I'm in the process of doing up a house at the moment and it just seems like there's so much to do you don't know where to start, so you end up not starting at all," she said.
To avoid this, it is important to think carefully about what the problem is and the type of windows you want, plan ahead and get in the professionals. Once you are properly prepared, getting new windows really is simple.
"I think a good idea is to sit down with a piece of paper, make a list of all the rooms and make a little list for each room of all the jobs that need to be done," Ms Tenant advised.