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% saying they have a long to-do list of improvements and changes they would like to get done.
Painting and wallpapering, buying new furniture and laying decking or a patio in the garden are also among the outstanding jobs for the average British house.
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.
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.
While 36% reckon just a few minor jobs are needed to make their home perfect, 23% admit it is mostly major work preventing them from having a perfect abode.
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.
New furniture, landscaping or changing the garden, and converting the loft are also among the top ten.
Other tasks on the perfect home wish-list include installing double glazing, fitting underfloor heating and adding an ensuite bathroom or toilet.
But more than half worry a lack of money will stop them from ever getting their perfect home, while another 28% say it needs a professional in order to do the things they want.
Others believe there will probably always be an improvement they want to complete on their home or say a lack of time is stopping them from getting everything done.
And for others their partner is the problem, with 41% admitting they often argue with their other half about what they want to do to their home, whether to get a professional in or attempt it themselves, and which home improvement to prioritise.
The study also found that a brave 15% of Brits attempt all DIY work themselves, with the average homeowner spending 14 days each year working on some kind of home improvement project.
More than a fifth call in a professional to put wallpaper up, while another 15 per cent get decorators in instead of undertaking a paint-job themselves.
Top twenty jobs the average Brit wants to do on their home
1. Paint a room/s
2. Refit the kitchen
4. Refit the bathroom/toilet
5. Buy new furniture
6. Landscape or change the garden
7. Wallpaper a room/s
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
Top ten 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