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Redecortaing is our holiday obsession

The average person spends more than 20 days a year &#45 that&#39s a staggering 486 hours &#45 striving for perfection in their homes.

A minimum of £550 is spent on each room of the house, on decorating materials such as paint, fixtures and fittings.

And each person will decorate rooms up to six or seven times until they create home sweet home.

The poll of 4,000 homeowners was conducted by mortgage provider Cheltenham & Gloucester in conjunction with their £25,000 home makeover promotion.

It revealed that eight in 10 people re-decorate their entire house at least twice during the course of ownership.

And the most favoured room of the house &#45 usually the living room (45%) &#45 can get decorated up to seven times.

Perhaps most astonishingly, one in five people have admitted to changing their minds at the last minute &#45 choosing to totally redecorate a room before the last coat of paint is even dry.

Esther O&#39Reilly-Cain, spokeswoman for Cheltenham & Gloucester, says: “Brits are particularly proud of their homes, and therefore spend hours and hours trying to get the perfect look.

“In some cases this means that even once a room is finished, people are already planning what to do next.”

But neighbours beware &#45 when next-door neighbours pop round for a cup of tea, it might not be your company they&#39re after.

A shameful 45% of folk have admitted they often try to replicate a look achieved by their neighbours &#45 buying the same colours and furnishings.

Whilst one in 10 refer to DIY programmes or homes and interiors magazines.

O&#39Reilly-Cain adds: “Redecorating appears to be one of the nation&#39s favourite holiday obsessions, and home improvements not only change the look and feel of your property, they can add value to it as well.

“C&G&#39s £25,000 home makeover promotion offers one lucky winner the opportunity to instantly redecorate every room in their home &#45 something few of us have the chance to do but many of us dream about.”

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