Creating the perfect home costs £18,000 and takes 4 years. So, what’s on your to-do list?

A recent study shows the average Brit needs to spend over £18,000 and embark on a 4.5 year project to create their ideal home

The average Brit needs to spend £18,000 over four and a half years to create their ideal home, according to a new survey.

A recent study of 2,000 homeowners, carried out by Network Veka, has discovered the cost and time needed to create a 'perfect' home - and what we're all spending where.

The poll was designed to see just how happy we are with our own interiors and what we would need to do to improve our homes. It found that less than 10% of us would consider our home 'perfect' and 55% of us have lengthy home improvement to-do lists.

It also found that 75% of us don't think we'll ever reach complete interior utopia due to budgets, time restrictions and ever-changing fashions.

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(Image credit: Network Veka)

Amongst the smaller chores, wallpapering, painting and buying a few new furniture pieces sit high on the to-do list, but the big projects include some pretty extensive extensions, carpeting and installing bespoke kitchens.

Just shy of half of participants - 41% - admitted to fighting with their partner over whether to employ outside help when planning work.

John Ogilvie from Network VEKA, added: "Whether it's big or small jobs, it's clear that we're a nation in need of some serious improvements at home.

"Many tradesmen have a tarnished reputation and are known for being unreliable, the cause of many home improvement blunders and an expensive alternative to DIY. However, finding the right one can make the difference between disaster DIY and creating a dream home."

So, how do you compare with the poll?

The top 20 jobs the average Brit wants to do to their home:

1. Paint a room

2. Refit the kitchen

3. Re-carpet

4. Refit the bathroom/toilet

5. Buy new furniture

6. Landscape or change the garden

7. Wallpaper a room

8. Build an extension

9. Convert the loft

10. Build a conservatory

11. Lay decking or patio in the garden

12. Replace internal doors

13. Replace external doors and windows

14. Install energy efficient windows/double glazing

15. Extend the kitchen to make it bigger

16. Replace carpet with laminate flooring

17. Add underfloor heating

18. Install an ensuite

19. Build a walk-in wardrobe

20. Install a downstairs toilet/bathroom

The top 10 reasons why our house will never be 'perfect'

1. We'll never have enough money

2. It needs professional work

3. There will always be something we want to do on our home

4. It's an ongoing project

5. We don't have the time

6. The things that need doing are too big/much for us to do

7. We can't do what we want in our current home so would need to move

8. We don't plan to stay here forever so it seems pointless trying to get it perfect

9. We've always got something else which is a bigger priority

10. We don't have the motivation to do it anymore

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Ginevra Benedetti
Deputy Editor (Print)

Ginevra Benedetti has been the Deputy Editor of Ideal Home magazine since 2021. With a career in magazines spanning nearly twenty years, she has worked for the majority of the UK’s interiors magazines, both as staff and as a freelancer. She first joined the Ideal Home team in 2011, initially as the Deputy Decorating Editor and has never left! She currently oversees the publication of the brand’s magazine each month, from planning through to publication, editing, writing or commissioning the majority of the content.