That personal touch

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Thanks to the economic recovery, the number of people moving home is continuing to rise. But from the moment purchasers in Waterlooville step foot into their new home, they’re keen to stamp their own personality on it, that’s according to the latest research from local housebuilder Bloor Homes.

The research canvassed the views of more than 2,000 homeowners across the UK and reveals the top priorities for new homeowners when they move home.

More than half (54 per cent) make it a priority to decorate the downstairs living areas to impress guests while the more private upstairs rooms are a secondary focus (37 per cent) for homemovers in Waterlooville. Some of the larger and more disruptive jobs also make the top ten list of personalisation touches including installing a new kitchen (28 per cent), landscaping the garden (28 per cent) and redoing the bathroom (24 per cent).

However, while it seems homeowners in Waterlooville are content to personalise their homes with soft furnishings and interior décor, very few embark on home renovation. Less than one in ten add a conservatory and ever fewer (6 per cent) extend the property or convert the loft (five per cent).

If reserved early enough, with a new build home, there are a range of specification options available to help homemovers personalise their property. For example, at Bloor Homes, purchasers can choose from Symphony kitchens, Roca sanitary ware, Porcelanosa tiles and Spaceslide wardrobes; all in various finishes and styles to suit individual tastes. High specification integrated appliances are standard from brands including Hotpoint and Siemens. Then of course, it’s simply a question of moving in and enjoying life in the new home without having to worry about costly and time consuming DIY.

Kim Willcock, Regional Sales Director from Bloor Homes Southern explains: ‘Our research reveals that after moving in, homeowners focus on splashing out to make their mark on their new home, even going to great expense to change kitchens and bathrooms. One of the major benefits of a new build home from Bloor Homes however is the ability to make it your own from the very beginning, without incurring additional costs after you have moved in.’

Visit the marketing suite for Berewood, located on Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, contact the sales advisor on 023 9225 1334 or you can email