Average home more than five years away from being decorated to owner’s standards

The average home is five years and five months away from being "finished" – with painting, a garden revamp and redecorating the living room topping the nation's "to do" lists.

Researchers polled 2,000 adults to find 43% are perfectionists when it comes to their dwellings – desperate to get their decor and furnishings just right.

But despite their best efforts, 39% admitted they don't think their homes will ever be truly complete.

Commissioned by Independent Network powered by VEKA, the study found 14% have a "vision" for their homes including everything from the wallpaper to the windows.

A spokeswoman said: "What we want from our homes continually evolves so there probably is no such thing as a finished home.

"But that's part of the fun of owning a home – you can change it as you change, plus it's rewarding to have a project on the go.

"And perhaps with the likelihood that more people will work from home from now on, we'll have even more we'll want to do to improve our homes."

The study also found that three quarters of homeowners described themselves as house proud, with 71% adding that their homes are more important to them now than ever before.

As a result, 54% are more motivated "than ever before" to improve their homes.

And there is no sign this drive to complete their property will slow anytime soon with 85% still wanting to get more jobs done this year.

Among them are painting walls and ceilings, giving the garden a revamp and getting the living room done.

Despite this, 70% of those polled are happy with their homes, with a fifth claiming to be most proud of their bathroom.

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However, the living room is the area of the home they are most proud of, followed by the kitchen and the garden.

Four in 10 admitted they are so proud of their homes they "can't wait" to invite people over as restrictions are reduced – so they can give them a grand tour of all the improvements they'd made.

The Independent Network powered by VEKA study carried out through OnePoll also explored the typical life cycle of different areas of the home.

On average, master bedrooms get redecorated every five-and-a-half years, bathrooms every six years and three months, while windows tend to get replaced every eight years.

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The garden gets a revamp after five year, the kitchen after six years and four months, and the living room after five years and four months.

A spokeswoman for Independent Network powered by VEKA added: "For many of us, our homes are constantly evolving – whether that's changing the decor, the layout of rooms, having new windows installed or whatever it might be.

"And that's very much what makes owning a home so much fun – seeing your plans come to fruition and being able to step back be delighted at the work done.

"And that's exactly how we want our customers to feel when they use our services."

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Top 20 items on the nation's to do list:

1. Painting walls/ceilings

2. Giving the garden a revamp

3. Redecorating the living room

4. Redecorating my bedroom

5. Repainting the shed/fencing

6. Flooring

7. Getting new homeware

8. Getting a new bathroom

9. Getting new cushions

10. Getting a new kitchen

11. Replacing the fence

12. Putting shelves up

13. Redecorating my child's room

14. Having new windows installed

15. Getting a new front door

16. Choosing wallpaper

17. Building flat pack furniture

18. Building a shed

19. Fixing the roof

20. Tiling

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