We're becoming a nation of show home-owners

Julia Kollewe
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House-proud Brits are splashing out an average of £1,171 and spending 11 days every year sprucing up their homes after watching too many TV home makeover programmes, from Grand Designs to MTV Cribs.

A study, by esure home insurance, found that Brits spend almost five hours every week improving their homes, amounting to more than a year and a half over the average lifetime. But then many become so obsessed with keeping their homes spick and span that they no longer have parties or invite anyone over! Others cover their expensive carpets or sofas with sheets when entertaining.