Wednesday, Nov 08, 2006

111K to go from 3 to 4 bedrooms....

Firstrung: Moving up from 3-4 bedrooms costs on average 111,000

Leading UK property portal, analysed property for sale around the UK in October 2006 and uncovered some surprising results. Each successive rung on the ladder is a much greater step than the last, forcing homebuyers to stretch themselves further and further every time they trade up. On average across the nation a two-bedroom home costs 38,620 more than the price of a one-bedroom home, while a three-bedroom will set you back 55,353 more than a two-bedroom. A four-bedroom home is on average 111,402 more than the price of a three-bedroom home.

Posted by converted lurker @ 11:18 AM (465 views)
Add Comment
Report Article


1. inbreda said...

I can think of several reasons why these statistics are probably nonsense.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 11:36AM Report Comment

2. kpjcomp said...

Inbreda, why's that?..

I don't know if the figures are totally accurate, but I'd certainly say the picture it paints is smack on.
When we sold our house a Detached 3 bed with garage, it sold for 150K, we were due a baby so thought it might be time to invest in a 4 bedroom house.
And for a house in the same sort of style with an extra bedroom, they were going for 220K, and extra 70K.
And it was at that point it dawned on me, paying an extra 70K for one extra bedroom was crazy!! and I don't live in an expensive part of the country. In fact I live pretty near "Kingston Upon Hull" where apparently they have the cheapest houses in the country.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 11:49AM Report Comment

3. tyrellcorporation said...

The economics of trading up just doesn't make sense. For 50K you can build a bloody nice quality extension (if you have the space) and are safe in the knowledge that the thief known has Gordon Brown hasn't screwed you for stamp duty.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 01:56PM Report Comment

4. inbreda said...

Simply because there is a correlation between number of bedrooms and whether the property is semi-detached/detached/terraced, or if ti has a garden, and how big the garden is. Whether it has a garage.

Consider a ten bedroom property. It is much more likely, relative to a two bedroom property, to be detached, in a nicer areas (burbs/rural rather than city), have more bathrooms, bigger garden (possibly acres), lots of parking, larger garage.

To reduce the argument down to number of bedrooms is purile. It's not comparing like with like.

I understand your example, but I can't comment on it as I haven't seen both properties.

As a matter of interest though - why did your baby need three bedrooms?

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 01:59PM Report Comment

5. Converted Lurker said...

guys this is my experience too, a step up from 3-4 beds in my area is approx. 100K, and our average 3 bed in our area is approx. 220K

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 03:03PM Report Comment

6. This comment has been removed as it was found to be in breach of our Blog Policies.


7. Hyrax said...

How much of this is Mortgage Equity Withdrawl? Looking at a house recently that hadn't likely changed hands but house price website showed 198k to 285k sales about a year apart.. 87k withdrawl most likely
for new Range Rovers I suspect...So is the next buyer supposed to believe the house is really worth that much..its what anyone is willing to pay...great wheeze if you can get away with it. What a bubble.
There are an awful lot of hopefuls in Wessex at the 350k mark...many playing the same game, got to get out before the music stops for it to work......

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 08:49PM Report Comment

8. sirgoogle said...


When the crash comes (if ever), will this gap be one of the first to close ??

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 09:44PM Report Comment

9. indiablue19 said...

So buy a three bed house with an integral garage and make a fourth bedroom. We did it in Kent, making five beds from four, and also got an office from it. Worked great. Not that I'm in favour of the stupid prices anyway, but at times there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Thursday, November 9, 2006 12:08AM Report Comment

10. Nohpc said...

Generally the more bedrooms a house has the larger it is in general (more public rooms, bigger garden, larger living area etc.) so you are not just paying for the extra bedroom. If you want you can buy a 4 bedroom house than a 3 bedroom house if you move area if you really need to extend your family. This article doesn't take into account the huge costs in moving up the ladder, mainly stamp duty but you are probably looking at at least another 20 grand just for the privilege.

The government desperately needs to find a way to encourage "good" people who will have kids that are likely to be productive and contribute to the society in general to have more kids. Instead they encourage the chavs to have lots of kids by piling on the benefits and housing. Chavs get paid to have kids the rest of us have to pay through the teeth for it. Not that I want kids for ages yet anyway.

Thursday, November 9, 2006 02:37AM Report Comment

11. inbreda said...

NoHPC - it wouldn't be the case if house prices were affordable. But you don't want that do you? You seem a bit contradictory today.

Thursday, November 9, 2006 02:01PM Report Comment

Add comment

  • If you do not have an admin password leave the password field blank.
  • If you would like to request a password allowing you to add comments and blog news articles without needing each one approved manually, send an e-mail to the webmaster.
  • Your email address is required so we can verify that the comment is genuine. It will not be posted anywhere on the site, will be stored confidentially by us and never given out to any third party.
  • Please note that any viewpoints published here as comments are user's views and not the views of
  • Please adhere to the Guidelines
Admin Password
Email Address

Main Blog | Archive | Add Article | Blog Policies