Homes cost £11,300 a year to run

Sarah Coles
burning cash
burning cash

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New research from Sainsbury's home insurance estimates that the average cost of running a home is now £11,360.70. By far the biggest cost is the mortgage, which comes in at just over £6,000 - followed by work around the home which costs just over £1,100.

So what are the other major costs, and what can we do about them?