The lifetime of home buying in Yorkshire revealed

The average homeowner in Yorkshire bought their first home aged 26, will live in seven different properties and will spend £21,460 on redecorating during their lifetime, according to new research.

Thursday, 13th April 2017, 9:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:27 pm
New house in the box real estate conceptual 3d illustration
New house in the box real estate conceptual 3d illustration

They will typically move out of their parent’s home at 21 years old and reside in just one rental property before getting on the property ladder for the first time.

A typical homeowner in the region will end up living approximately 56 miles away from their childhood home, and will live in only TWO cities their entire life.

The average mortgage will take 20 years and seven months to pay off – two months below the UK average. This will cost a total of £126,816, which is £8,049 lower than the typical national spend.

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While a total of £13,230 will be spent on hiring removal vans, paying the legal fees and paying the stamp duty. This is more than £908 below the UK average.

The research of 2,000 UK homeowners was commissioned by Origin, manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding doors, residential doors, windows and blinds.

It looked at the different stages of property buying for the average British homeowner and how property aspirations change over time.

Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, said: “With the cost of moving so high, we have seen that families now choose to improve their current homes, rather than move.

“Many years ago, a home would be for life, but that changed and people started moving as their needs changed – whether it be as a result of new job or starting a family.

“However today, we are seeing a resurgence of people choosing to renovate and improve their current property so it fits with their needs without incurring moving costs.”

Typically, it takes four months and three weeks to get settled in to a new home – while over half of adults described moving home as the most stressful thing they’ve ever done.

On average, respondents will contribute towards two separate mortgages over their lifetime, and will typically look to downsize age 56.

The average UK property is estimated to be worth £249,127 on average among those polled – while the typical mortgage is £542.41 per month.

Of those who have ever had a mortgage, 39 per cent have paid it off, with the largest proportion of them - 27 per cent - aged 55 and over.

Of those surveyed, more people – 29 per cent – live in properties built before the 1950s than from any other period.

The average UK home has three bedrooms, while eight in 10 adults own a home with off-road parking and over half own a house with a garage.

The most popular style of interior is ‘modern’ followed by ‘English country’ and ‘minimalist’.

Seven in 10 homeowners jointly own their property with their partner and a fifth received money from their parents to help them get on the property ladder.

A third of home owning Brits currently live in a semi-detached property, over a quarter live in a detached house and 15 per cent live in a terraced home.

The research also explored what UK homeowners of different demographic groups consider to be most important about their homes.