Houses are never perfect. However much you love your home, there’s always room for improvement. But great minds don’t always think alike – so before you get carried away with your plans, it pays to talk them over with your partner (or the rest of the household, depending on your situation).
We wanted to find out about the reasons behind the renovations. So we asked 2,000 people whether they were planning any home improvements this year, along with what they were planning – and why*.
The first thing we found was that 41.8% of our respondents were planning some home improvements in the next 12 months. Across the UK, that works out to around 21 million people. Another thing we noticed was a real difference between the genders. It turns out that men and women often want very different things when it comes to home improvements. By and large, it seems women appreciate aesthetics. They’re more likely to focus on improvements that’ll make the place look better. And ‘the average man’ will probably be planning changes that’ll add some space, or help them make better use of the space they’ve got.
What do women want?
Asked about the improvements they had in mind, our female respondents were more likely than the men to go for:
Asked why, they were more likely than men to say they wanted to ‘generally smarten up / improve the property’.
The male perspective: space matters
The men we questioned, on the other hand, tended to focus on space. They were more likely than women to:
When we asked them why, we found they were doing it:
Compromise is the way forward
Besides adding to its value, improving a home can make it a much better place to live in. But disagreements about what ‘better’ really means are a lot more common than you might have thought. So before you draw up any firm plans, it pays to talk about it. A bit of compromising can help you work out your priorities – and make sure all your hard work leads to something everyone agrees is an improvement.
*Reference: Oceans Finance – OnePoll Research carried out a survey of a representative sample of 2,000 UK adults on 2nd May 2013. Figures have been extrapolated to fit ONS 2013 population projections of 50,371,000 UK adults.