More than half of British homeowners are improving their properties through DIY work, new research has revealed.
Halifax claims that the average spend on DIY work over the last 12 months was £6,362, a £1,000 increase on the year before.
According to the report, redecorating remains the most popular form of home improvement, with almost two thirds (65 per cent) having given their home a lick of paint or a change of wallpaper over the last 12 months.
Meanwhile, new kitchens were identified as the priciest way to improve your property, with the average spend rising from £6,300 to £6,609.
Stephen Noakes, commercial director at Lloyds Banking Group, said that the study proves Britons have "always enjoyed DIY".
He added: "Our research shows that more and more homeowners are picking up their brushes and paint and using their creativity to improve their surroundings, particularly in this market where we are seeing less house purchases."
This report contradicts a survey conducted by Bosch, the household appliances, automotive parts and technologies firm, which found that one in five men hate performing DIY projects.
Posted by Jenny Summer