Deck the halls

with home improvements

Research from AA Financial Services carried out last year, suggested that Brits spent around £29.6bn on home improvements in preparation for the festive season

A surprisingly high number of people are willing to splash the cash to update and refresh their homes in order to get them ready for entertaining and having friends and family over for Christmas and the New Year season.

While you tend to think of work on the home being carried out in spring, when the weather has usually turned for the better, getting your home spruced up over the winter months was becoming more popular.

And it’s not just things like new furniture, sofas, dining tables, or even giving a room a lick of paint, it was the larger jobs such as kitchen extensions and conservatories that were considered a top priority.

Overall, almost half of homeowners surveyed by AA Financial Services were planning a home improvement project before Christmas Day last year.

They planned to draw an average of £2,339.46 from their savings to fund it, with most people dipping into their savings rather than borrowing money to fund their festive projects.

But there are some jobs which you can do that aren’t as big and will make a difference to your home. If you are fed up of your kitchen, why not change your worktops or doors or swap your lino for a laminated floor.

Treat yourself to some new bedding. Get something bright and colourful that will lighten up your room in the darker months.

Add a few cushions to your sofa and put up some new pictures.

Accessorising a room can make all the difference.

New lighting can also transform your room. Either change a shade or add a standing lamp.

Whether it’s big job or small, whatever changes you make, will turn your house into a home.



Tedd Walmsley

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