Britain’s home renovation hotspots

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We surveyed 1,000 homeowners across the UK to find out their views on home renovations. We discovered that nearly 1 in 5 people (18%) who are currently looking to sell or are in the process of selling have renovated their home in order to add value to it. Our survey also revealed homeowners spend on average £20,521.92* renovating their properties.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at our residential property listings for sale to reveal where in Britain has the most recently renovated properties, alongside the areas with the most properties in need of renovation. 

Where in Britain has the most renovated properties? 

Our analysis below reveals the top areas for renovated properties in each region and goes to show Brits love a renovation project. In the North, Harrogate is the perfect location to find a property where you can move straight in, with 12% of for-sale listings mentioning recent renovations. 

In Scotland, Argyll and Bute is the place to look, where the number of recently renovated homes also stands at 12%. 

Further down South, some of the regions to look out for if you’re on the hunt for a property that’s recently undergone renovation are Brighton and Hove, and Exeter

Find out below where else has undergone the most home renovations.

Map of Britain that shows the most renovated properties.

Top 10 areas with the most recently renovated properties

Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales is the top runner with 20% of for-sale listings mentioning a recent renovation. Rhondda Cynon Taf is situated north of Cardiff and consists of three valleys – Rhondda, Cynon and Taf. 

In fact, Wales  leaps ahead when it comes to recently renovated properties. Four of the top 10 areas with the highest number of listings mentioning recent renovations are all situated in Wales. 

The Derbyshire Dales in the East Midlands has the second highest percentage of listings mentioning a recent renovation. Here about half of the district lies within the scenic Peak District National Park, which explains why house prices are above the UK average at £301,000.

Table showing the top 10 areas with the most recently renovated properties.

Top 10 areas with the most properties in need of renovation

On the flip side, for those on the lookout for a fixer-upper to renovate and add value to, Scotland is the place to be, with 6 out of the top 10 areas in need of renovation featured in this region. 

Stirling in Scotland has the highest percentage of property listings in need of renovation with 22%. Here the average house price stands at £172,000. 

Liverpool comes in second place, with 19% of properties in need of modernisation – that’s nearly 1 in 5 properties with a renovation opportunity. 

Find out where else to look if you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper below. 

Table showing the top 10 areas with the most recently renovated properties

Explore Zoopla and take a look at properties for sale in the renovation hotspots. 

Take a look at what’s on sale in the areas with the most renovated properties below:

Our methodology: 

Using Zoopla’s residential listings only, the volume of recently renovated/needing renovation properties was inferred by searching for over 50 phrases such as ‘recently renovated’, ‘recently upgraded’, ‘needs renovation’ and ‘fixer upper’ in listing descriptions. Minimum 1,000 listings per LA required for LA to be taken into account during ranking. Data pulled year ending 03/05/2021. All data is available on request.  
*Total calculated by adding together the averages (excluding ‘N/A’) of each room (Rooms include: Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, Living/Family room, Dining room, Playroom, Hallway, Garden, Other).’