Brits turn to home renovations during lockdown

Brits have spent more than £1,000 on home renovations during the recent lockdowns, according to research by

On average, Brits have spent £1,210.35 upgrading their homes, with the most money being spent on renovations in the living room (£214.49), the office/study (£213.21) and the kitchen/dining room (£210.69).

The research shows Londoners spent the most on their homes in the last five years (£12,236.86 on average), with people from Newcastle topping the list of those who have spent the most on renovations during the lockdown:

  1. Newcastle (£1,561.41)
  2. Bristol (£1,338.50)
  3. London (£1,322.82)
  4. Edinburgh (£1,281.72)
  5. Belfast (£1,269.50)

The research also looked at how long Brits spend in certain rooms, to see which are the best value for money. The master bedroom is the best-value room in the home, where Brits spend the most time (2,482 hours per year). However, people only spend an average of £308.51 updating their master bedroom each year.

The home office is also near the top of the most-used list at 1,204.5 hours per year. Since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, an average of £213.21 has been spent on doing up peoples’ home offices.

Chris King, head of home insurance at, says: “Many of us have spent significantly more time in our homes this year so it’s natural that people will want to update their living spaces. This research highlights just how much we invest in our homes.”

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