Move or improve?

Find the best way to get more living space

From relocating to renovations, we’ve got plenty of tips and ideas to help with your property plans.

Weighing up costs

What’s the average cost of moving house in the UK?

The average cost of moving in the UK is £9,331. Average cost of moving in Liverpool is £2,271. Average cost of moving in London is £22,417.

The total bill for moving home varies depending on where you live1. But whether you’re heading to Cumbria or Cornwall, remember to consider all the potential costs of moving, including stamp duty and removal fees. Read our moving home guides to find out more.

How much does it cost to renovate a house in the UK?

Loft conversions cost between £20,000 and £45,000. New kitchens cost between £5,000 and- £10,000. New bathrooms cost between £2,500 and £6,000.

From an extra room for the kids to a brand-new bathroom suite, getting the home you want by renovating your property can be more cost effective than moving2. Our home improvement guides will help you get started.

Taking your time into account

How long does it take to buy a property?

Conveyancing takes 8 - to 12 weeks. A house survey takes between 2 and 3 weeks. Moving in can take from 1 day to 2 weeks.

From planning searches to surveys, the process of moving home can take much longer than expected3. There are various stages – some take place at the same time, while others can only happen in sequence. Visit our moving home guides for more details.

How long are my improvements going to take?

Loft conversions take 8 to- 10 weeks. New kitchen builds take between 3 and 12 weeks. Fitting a bathroom takes 3 weeks or more.

The time it takes to finish a home-renovation project depends on a range of factors4. These include the type of improvements you want to make, the complexity of the work and the size of the team on site. Take a look at our home improvement guides for some practical tips.

Keeping calm

Try to keep calm when you’re moving home

46% felt anxious about delays caused by solicitors. 40% took 3 to 6 months to feel settled. 54% asked family for financial help.

With so much to think about, it’s not surprising that many of us find moving home stressful1. Our moving home checklist could help you feel more in control. And if you find yourself getting worried about the stresses of moving, you’re not alone. Read our moving home checklist to help you start preparing.

Plan ahead to reduce the stress of renovations

13% of households were concerned about moving out temporarily. 32% about disagreements with builders and 40% about unforeseen circumstances, like damp

Home improvements can be a stressful time, especially in the case of major renovations5. From agreeing planning permissions to relocating temporarily while work is carried out, there’s a lot to take into account. Our home improvement guides will help you make plans to cope.