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30th June 2020


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I’ve never been a fan of all the St Valentine’s Day hype… I’ve always been an “If you love me, show me you love me every day; not just when someone else tells you to” type of gal. Plus I could never stomach having an ‘intimate’ romantic dinner in a crowded restaurant where the waiting staff are rushed off their feet, or being presented with a dozen long stemmed red roses which have been purchased at outrageously inflated prices when red roses have never been a particular favourite of mine.

Far from being the party pooper though, it seems I’m not the only one to feel this way about the big day tomorrow…

Research carried out recently by Heritage Bathrooms, reveals that men should forget the chocolates and overpriced flowers, because all we women really want is a home makeover!

Apparently, just a third of UK women would actually be grateful for a traditional gift, as the majority would prefer the promise of a handyman.

With costs for Valentine’s Day including gifts, dining out and travel expected to reach just over £200, women across the UK are wishing that the money could be diverted into getting their house up to scratch – particularly as 43% of those questioned only expect to spend £500 or less updating the décor in their homes across the entire year!

Quizzed on how they would utilise a handyman’s time, 45% would stretch to a bigger £1,500 spend getting as many rooms in the home finished off or updated as possible, while 35% would use the same budget to focus on an entire revamp project such as updating an ageing bathroom. 

The research also found that 39% of women, when looking to move to a new property, would seek somewhere that needed redecorating in the living areas, but boasted designer statements elsewhere around the home, while 32% of men see newly painted walls and new carpets throughout as the deciding purchase point. 

As far as I’m concerned, the results of this research are bang on. I would however - bearing in mind the problems I’ve had in the past – add the proviso that the handyman would have to be truly excellent!





Jan Hobbs


13th February 2015

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