Saturday, March 31, 2012

Redecoration, redecoration, redecoration

The Ideal Home Show reveals we're a nation obsessed with home improvement

Faced with a flat housing market, property owners are choosing to improve, not move. But do we really need self-cleaning grills and a mop for every occasion? "Top 10 terrible interior trends like...Decking: plan to treat it regularly but don't. Let it go slimy, then rot".

Posted by alan @ 01:39 PM (1425 views)
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9 thoughts on “Redecoration, redecoration, redecoration

  • Home Retail Group (Homebase/Argos) share price is down 85% since 2006. That doesn’t sound very healthy to me.

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  • By the time most folks reach their mid forties they realise that home the treadmill of constant home improvement is a load of ballcocks and go and do something more uplifting with their spare time. Time becomes a valuable commodity not to be wasted at the likes of B&Q.

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  • You sarcastic, negative, nit-picking weirdo’s. As if it isn’t wholesome and good to wish to improve one’s home. What, would you prefer that people lived in slum dungeons just so that you felt better in your horrid home? This jealousy is nauseating.

    Just because a bunch of bankers created a housing bubble and duped the uneducated masses about the nature of money and assets doesn’t mean that you all need to be-little natural human traits. Because believe me, British homes are in a mess and badly need a makeover. It is infact the bubble that has created inflation, which is the primary reason why home improvement is so rare. Combine that with high taxation and globalism.

    What You Should Know About Inflation: http://www.mises.org/2914

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  • Do they sell what you’re on Libertas or did you inherit it?

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  • crash bandicoot says:

    “British homes are in a mess and badly need a makeover”

    Wow, now you’re really going. Speaking from experience there are some French houses in a shocking condition being offered for sale. My brother’s father-in-law bought one for £8000 and I think that he paid over the odds for it. I haven’t been a lot further affield but from watching Al-jazera I think that some north African houses may be in a worse state than their British counterparts. I think that tarting up their houses my be one of the last things on the minds of most people at the moment though.

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  • Indeed Crash, and our homes could get far, far worse. Which is why I find it horrid to slam folk who aspire for something better with their own place.

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  • In my experience, most “home improvements” aren’t that at all – generally too idiosyncratic, tacky and with poor workmanship to boot. Libertas, I think you are confusing the word “improvement” with “maintenance. I think you’ll find the majority of homes are reasonably well maintained.

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  • Stuart, I couldn’t care whether people improve or maintain, just that they can afford to do so and go about the business of employing people and creating an economy. The beauty of home ownership is that people can choose what they want inside their own home. Why cast any moral judgement on it? If you don’t like the interior don’t accept invitations to pop over for dinner!

    Our built environment has a history of fashions changing and everything trendy now will go out of fashion and then come back into fashion. But who cares, and that is besides the point. The issue is that people should be able to invest in their homes. Incidentally, if house prices fall, then there will be more money left over for home improvements!

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  • Libertas: “Why cast any moral judgement on it? If you don’t like the interior don’t accept invitations to pop over for dinner!”

    Personally, I couldn’t give too hoots what people do inside their homes. I find it amusing though when they come to try to sell them – with their B&Q designer flooring, wall coverings, shelving and lighting etc, all expensively and inexpertly fitted and topped off with someone’s strange idea of a colour scheme – and find buyers knocking down the asking price so they can afford to rip it all out.

    The interweb is littered with advice and warnings about “home improvements”, with some timely ones as the annual resurgence in DIY gets under way:

    http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2121122/DIY-danger-Why-home-improvements-failing-Sarah-Beeny-effect-house-prices.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/9169014/Home-improvements-fail-to-add-to-your-propertys-value.html

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