24th November 2015

Two thirds of Brits admit to scavenger hunting for second-hand items to furnish their homes

24th November 2015: Research released today, commissioned by Endsleigh, shows that British homeowners love a second hand bargain, with two-thirds (64 per cent) raiding skips, searching through salvage yards or car boot sales and scanning online services like Gumtree, eBay and Depop on the hunt for home furnishings and home accessories.

More than half (53 per cent) of buyers can’t afford to decorate or make the changes they wish to when they first move into a new home, so it’s no wonder people are turning to pre-loved items and upcycling.

UK homes full of quirky and upcycled home furnishing

11 per cent of home owners and 17 per cent of renters also admit to furnishing their homes with something weird or wonderful. Endsleigh’s top 15 are:

  1. A decorative sarcophagus
  2. Church alter
  3. Old cinema seats
  4. An old engine turned into a table
  5. A chair made from cans
  6. A coffee table made from a surfboard
  7. A lamp made out of old pipes
  8. A burr from a tree turned into a coffee table
  9. A cassette tape lamp shade
  10. Bed made of wood pallets
  11. Barrel turned into a coffee table
  12. Singer sewing table turned dressing table
  13. A shop mannequin
  14. An antique washstand
  15. Tumble dryer as a small table

To inspire people to try upcycling and more creative interior design, Endsleigh has created a Pinterest board of unusual furnishing ideas from the home.

To renovate or not to renovate?

More than half (54 per cent) of homebuyers would prefer to buy a property that is slightly more expensive and needed a little decorating. Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) said that they would buy a cheaper property needing a lot of renovation, compared to just 15 per cent that would choose to pay more for a property needing no work at all, suggesting people are more open to adding a personal touch to their new pad rather than undertaking big renovations.

According to the survey, the most important room to decorate is the lounge (63 per cent), followed by the kitchen (11 per cent) and then the bedroom (9 per cent).

David Hadden, Manager – Landlords and Lettings at Endsleigh commented: “Skips, salvage yards and car boot sales can be an Aladdin’s Cave if you have the right mind-set.  Items you might first consider to be other people’s junk, can be transformed into unique and quirky home furnishings with a little creativity. If you’re struggling to spot those second-hand gems that have the potential for a revamp, Endsleigh’s Home Fakeovers upcycling page should spark your imagination!”

With help from expert design bloggers, ‘Home Fakeovers’ brings together cost effective, yet stylish decorating tips and tricks. From upcycling ideas through to skip hunting advice, the hub shows that decorating a new home needn’t break the bank.  The Home Fakeovers hub can be found here on the Endsleigh website: https://www.endsleigh.co.uk/blog/categories/home-and-living/.

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Notes to Editors
Endsleigh surveyed 1,000 UK home owners and 1,000 UK renters via OnePoll in October 2015.

About Endsleigh
Originally founded in 1965 to serve the student market, Endsleigh is an intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products for career people and is recognised as the leading insurance provider for students.

The company has been working in the private rental sector for over 25 years and offers landlords a comprehensive range of products including building and contents, legal expenses, loss of rent, home emergency and blocks of flats. Endsleigh also offers a market leading tenant referencing service through its partnership with Experian, the global leader in consumer data.

The company offers a wide range of services including motor, home and travel insurance, along with business insurance through Endsleigh’s Business team and financial advice through the Endsleigh Financial Advice team.

For further information, please contact:
Eshé Brown on +44(0) 1273 760959 / eshe@propellernet.co.uk
Sarah Wadmore on +44(0)1273 760975 / sarah@propellernet.co.uk
or Rachel Veevers on +44(0) 1242 866196 / rachel.veevers@endsleigh.co.uk