The heart of the home is the kitchen
The importance of the kitchen has been confirmed by an online survey by Tile Africa in which 62 percent of participants stated that the kitchen is the most important room in the home that they’ll consider renovating when house hunting and when it doesn’t match their needs.
“We may fall in love with the house, but not necessarily the look or functionality of the kitchen and it seems as if South African’s don’t mind redoing this room to their liking,” says Debra Retief, Marketing Manager at Tile Africa.
Forty percent of respondents also said that they’ll renovate their kitchens first before any other room in the house while 26 percent will renovate their bathroom first. The study also revealed that tiles are still regarded as the most affordable floor material and the easiest to clean.
How much are South Africans spending on home renovations
Interestingly, 35 percent spent less than R5 000 to recently renovate their homes while 25 percent spent between R5 000 and R10 000 and only five percent spent more than R70 000 on their most recent home renovation.
DIY renovations are on the rise
Linking to this trend of cost-effective renovations is the fact that thirty-five percent said they did not use a contractor, which may indicate that home owners are doing the renovation themselves.
“Do-it-yourself renovations are common as home owners are still feeling the economic pinch and prefer tackling the job themselves. For bigger renovations involving plumbing and electrical work we recommend using reputable contractors who are able to offer expert guidance to ensure that the project is a success,” says Retief.