Are Brits Happy With Their Homes?

They say home is where the heart is, but it’s often the case that our houses cause more hassle than happiness.

We conducted a survey to find out how satisfied people in the UK actually are with their homes. From structural stresses to furniture fall-outs, the key points we uncovered are…

  • More than 1/3 of Brits aren’t happy with their homes.
  • 26% of respondents said that it would cost over £20k to turn their house into an ideal home.
  • 35% of Brits encounter more issues than they expected when moving into a new home.
  • Over 50% of respondents admitted they hadn’t paid for an independent survey report before buying their home.
  • While the majority of UK homeowners would prefer to remodel than look for a new house, over 1/4 say they’d rather up sticks.
  • More than 1/3 of Brits said that their kitchen was the room most in need of a change.

Are UK Homeowners Suffering From Buyer’s Remorse?

Over 1/4 of people surveyed felt that they could have spent more time deciding on their property before moving in.

It takes a lot of hard work and, more often than not, a few quid before you’re fully satisfied with your home. For some even this isn’t enough as our survey results show.

Shockingly, more than 1/3 of Brits wouldn’t class themselves as happy in their homes. While some respondents said that they were happy with their property as soon as they moved in, this only came to less than 1/4, with the same number sharing that it took up to 2 years for them to class themselves as satisfied.

The True Cost Of An Ideal Home

If money wasn’t an object, all of us would be living in our dream abode. The reality is quite different, however, as the costs associated with making numerous changes to the average home quickly rising to the tens of thousands.

40% of respondents claimed that it would take upwards of £10k to turn their house into an ideal home, with 26% of saying that it would cost more than £20k.

Proving that money isn’t the only obstacle to happiness, 10% of UK homeowners surveyed claimed it would be impossible to turn their existing house into an ideal home.

60% of respondents claim that they’d need to spend thousands to bring their house in line with their ideas of an ideal home. With estimates ranging from at £1,000 right up to £20k+, it’s no wonder that many of us settle for compromises when it comes to home improvements.

Which Room is Bringing Brits Down?

We all have a favourite room. Whether it’s the tranquillity of a cosy bedroom, the hustle and bustle of your kitchen or binge-watching TV in the lounge – this is the space your mind will conjure up when thinking of home. However, it won’t all be rose tinted – there’s always work to be done and our survey has found out which parts of the house are the main offenders.

So, with redecoration high on the priority list for many – especially in the kitchen, the social hub of the house – what interior design features are the biggest turn-off for UK homeowners.

It’s probably worth taking note of these disastrous design choices when considering redecorating prior to a move, as implementing them can impact further than making people question your taste; it could even reduce the value of your home.

Spotting Issues Before They Result In An Unhappy Home

Have you found yourself left with issues you didn’t expect shortly after moving into your home? It may sound obvious, but a comprehensive survey could have flagged these up before the sale went through.

According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, 1 in 5 Brits only opt for the most basic – a mortgage valuation report without consulting an independent surveyor. Our survey showed that a lot of negative feeling around houses is tied to being surprised by problems that weren’t identified at the time.

However, it may be a bigger problem than they anticipated. Our survey showed that less than 1/2 of homeowners paid for an independent survey report before buying their home.

The main reasoning behind not getting a more in-depth survey were that people didn’t feel it was ‘worth the money’ and also that ‘the basic mortgage survey had enough information’.

These attitudes towards paying a bit more in advance to avoid hefty costs later could lead to some nasty surprises on closer inspection once they’ve moved in.

While encountering problems with a house is more commonly associated with older properties, new build homes have their fair share of issues. According to research conducted by the Home Builder’s Federation, people are often faced with issues when moving into newer properties which are less likely to undergo a thorough independent survey.

For more information on how to maximise your home happiness and a range of other topics including how to bring a bit of nature indoors and keeping your interiors stylish with pets in mind, visit our blog.