Slough in Berkshire took first place, with homes in the town over three times more likely to need modernisation than the rest of Britain.

On the lookout for a fixer-upper property to renovate and add value? If so, these are the top locations you should turn to.

Slough in Berkshire takes the number one spot, with 3.32% of properties for sale in the town needing modernisation, according to the latest research from Zoopla. That's over three times higher than the national average of 0.86%.

Plymouth took second place with 2.55% of properties needing work, while Redruth took the third slot, a sliver behind at 2.54%.

Property listings data was analysed to uncover which areas had the highest proportion of fixer-uppers.

Top 10 post towns for highest proportion of properties that require work


Post town

Percentage of properties that require work

Average property value


Slough, Berkshire




Plymouth, Devon




Redruth, Cornwall,




Greenock, Renfrewshire




Camberley, Surrey




Bristol, Bristol




Salford, Greater Manchester




Ilford, London




Penrith, Cumbria




Reading, Berkshire



Source: Zoopla October 2018

Where should you look regionally?

Scotland leads the pack regionally, with an average of 1.49% of properties for sale in the region needing work. Wales and South West England follow, with 0.98% and 0.92% of properties requiring renovations respectively.

Regions ranked by proportion of properties that require work

Rank Regions Percentage of properties that require work Average property value
1 Scotland 1.49% £194,219
2 Wales 0.98% £189,410
3 South West England 0.92% £306,137
4 North East England 0.84% £191,857
5 Yorkshire and The Humber 0.83% £179,120
6 West Midlands 0.82% £231,841
7 East of England 0.81% £357,959
8 North West England 0.76% £196,415
9 South East England 0.76% £410,476
10 London 0.62% £656,217
11 East Midlands 0.57% £209,572

Source: Zoopla October 2018

What about London?

In London, head east for the renovation hotspots. Some 1.52% of properties in Redbridge require refurbishment, followed by Newham (1.25%) and Lewisham (1.04%). 

Lawrence Hall, spokesperson for Zoopla, said: “It’s worth bearing these locations in mind if you’re considering moving to a new area and don’t mind putting some work into a property to turn it into your dream home.”

Top 10 London boroughs for highest proportion of properties that require work

Rank London LGAs Percentage of properties that require work Average property value
1 Redbridge 1.52% £464,373
2 Newham 1.25% £381,058
3 Lewisham 1.04% £475,193
4 Havering 0.96% £389,326
5 Enfield 0.87% £471,600
6 Bexley 0.86% £367,328
7 Hounslow 0.82% £554,450
8 Haringey 0.81% £655,299
9 Barking and Dagenham 0.79% £297,571
10 Barnet 0.76% £652,874

Source: Zoopla October 2018

Phil Spencer’s advice for adding value to your home

Wondering how you could add value to your property? Property expert Phil Spencer has these 10 tips.

1. Convert the loft

Increasing your living space with a loft conversion is an easy way to add another bedroom, bathroom – or potentially both.

2. Add a conservatory

No longer a glass 'bolt-on' to the house that you shut the door on in winter, a good modern conservatory will add natural usable – and valuable – square footage to your home.

3. Trade the garage for living space

Did you know that 90% of Britain’s garages don't contain a car? If yours is among them, it might be worth transforming it into living space instead.

4. Fit a new kitchen

If your budget stretches to just one refit in the home, the kitchen is probably your best bet. Keep it neutral and practical in design – and make sure the cost of the work is relative to the current value of your home.

5. Update the bathroom

After the kitchen, bathroom(‘s) are the next room to focus on. However, it’s not necessary to stretch your budget uncomfortably here, as you can make a big difference just by updating details such as the taps, shower screen, cupboards and towel rails.

Above: A three-bedroom semi-detached house in Slough in need of refurbishment up for sale at £525,000.

6. Replace the windows

Putting in new windows can make a house instantly smarter, warmer and quieter. Replacements should always be the same as the original to reflect the age and style of the property.

7. Make the most of the garden

Installing glass bi-folding doors along a back wall not only makes for a brighter living room or kitchen, it can really bring the garden into the house.

8. Pave over the front lawn

If parking comes at a premium where you live, swapping your front lawn for a driveway can be a savvy and practical move.

9. Spruce up the front

This can include anything from painting the house and replacing the front door, to cleaning windows and unblocking drains, to pulling up weeds from cracks in the driveway and sandblasting it clean.

10. Hang mirrors in the hall

A clever, quick and cost-effective trick to give the illusion of space in your hall is to hang mirrors to reflect light and make the space look brighter.

Check out Phil’s Spencer’s tips in the full video below:

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