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The average Brit needs to spend more than £18,000 and four-and-a-half years working on their home before they can consider it ‘perfect’, a study has found.

Installing a new kitchen and bathroom, laying new carpets or flooring and building a conservatory or an extension are among the top improvements Brits want to do to their home before they will view it as complete.

Less than one in ten homeowners currently consider their home to be perfect with 55 per cent saying they have a long to-do list of improvements and changes they would like to get done.

It also emerged that three quarters worry they are never going to get their homes to a point where they are completely happy with them because of a lack of time, money and know-how.

John Ogilvie, Managing Director of Network VEKA, who commissioned the research, said: “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.”

Network VEKA was established 20 years ago and is the UK’s most-trusted installer network.

The network was first launched to fill a very specific gap in the market - to offer hard-working companies a way to prove their commitment to quality, while also protecting the consumer from unknown installation companies and unscrupulous, door-to-door, double glazing salespeople.

With a white glove service of care, knowledge and attention to detail, it’s this element that creates a point of difference for Network VEKA above and beyond the other brands out there.

The study of 2,000 homeowners, found that the average home needs ten improvements and DIY jobs, with owners estimating these will cost £18,038 to complete.

Painting rooms is the most common home improvement Brits want to do, followed by re-fitting the kitchen, laying new carpet and getting a new bathroom or toilet suite.

The study also found that a brave 15 per cent of Brits attempt all DIY work themselves, with the average homeowner spending 14 days each year working on some kind of home improvement project.