The average Love it or List It home renovation costs £54,111 — and a third of Brits still move

The average renovation increases the value of the house by £63,000. Photo: Nolan Issac/Unsplash
The average renovation increases the value of the house by £63,000. Photo: Nolan Issac/Unsplash

The average Love it Or List It home renovation costs £54,111, and despite spending such a huge amount, over a third of couples still end up moving house post-renovation.

Analysis of every episode of the Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer home renovation show, by retailer Insulation Express, found 36% of homeowners featured on the show still chose to sell their home after spending tens of thousands of pounds on improvements.

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But while all these renovations may seem like a wasted effort to some, they can actually make a house far more sellable and profitable.

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The average renovation increases the value of the house by £63,000. Taking into account refurbishment costs, the average profit totals £13,444.

Despite good intentions to stay within a budget, often properties run into problems during the build — causing homeowners to spend more.

The research found that the average Love it or List It household spends £54,411 on home improvements, which is 18% higher than the average initial budget of £45,768.

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Of the properties that do go over budget, the average predicted improvement cost was £45,597. However, renovating their house into their dream home ended up costing participants 72% more, totalling about £63,800.

A whopping 86% either knocked down walls or moved rooms around to create an open kitchen-diner space, indicating it’s the most-popular house renovation. This is followed by adding an additional bathroom or refurbishing the current bathroom, a renovation carried out in 64% of homes on Love it Or List It.

A huge 64% of Brits were persuaded to stay in their current home after refurbishing — potentially due to the average move costing £22,084 in stamp duty and estate agent fees.

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After watching every single episode of Love It or List It, InsulationExpress also offered some tips for if you’re looking to consider selling your home.

Tips for selling your home

  • Look at adding more space to your property through a loft conversion or extension, as 64% of Brits are seeking more space in their homes.

  • The dining room is the least desirable feature, so think about knocking down a wall or swapping rooms to create the most popular renovation — an open kitchen-diner space.

  • If it’s not possible to create a large kitchen-diner space, you can still add great value by refurbishing your kitchen. The kitchen is the second most-used room, so this will be a focus for many buyers. Even if you can’t afford a whole new kitchen, you can spruce the space up by painting cupboards and replacing taps and handles.

  • If you’re seeking to make as few changes as possible that won’t break the bank, contemplate repainting your home and buying new furniture. One household added £20,000 to the value of their home by just making small changes.



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