Street spy: Cardiff

Cardiff, once the busiest port of the world, is now a charming city boasting good shopping, 2 castles and a pretty location right by the sea. The regenerated Cardiff Bay area, situated on the waterfront,  is the latest hot spot with attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Butetown History and Arts Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre. The city has an impressive 149 pubs, bars and nightclubs, 73 restaurants and 125 hotels.

These are the tourist stats. Now, let’s turn to the home improvement projects instead. Here are Cardiff’s top 5 job in 2011 so far.

Decorating and internal painting has been by far the most popular home improvement job in Cardiff this year. This number one position means that people have been busy touching up their houses, looking inwards rather than focusing on gardening, roofing or facade painting, which usually secure the top spots. With Edwardian and Victorian houses featuring predominantly in the Cardiff cityscape, it’s time to give the tired interiors a face lift.The second most popular job has been plumbing repair and maintenance, which once again suggests that Cardiffians take good care of their properties. Followed closely by internal lighting and internal renovation, one would expect upcoming homes on the Cardiff property market to be in ship shape. Garden maintenance secures the fifth spot.What it is exactly that homeowners are doing to their properties our data doesn’t reveal, however extensions, floor tiling and wooden doors are among the lowest requested jobs. Bathroom installations, on the other hand, have been in high demand this year, as has carpet laying.With the average house price in Cardiff reaching £172,715 (figures for England and Wales are for the period April to June 2011), we bet homeowners can pump up the price after a quick home touch-up. Big investments such as kitchen renovations and loft conversion are obvious ways to make a property more valuable, however smaller jobs can improve a home too and appeal to potential buyers. And it won’t cost you the world.

If you want to pump up the prices of your property too, post your home improvement job on Up to three quality, local tradesmen will get in touch to quote. Read their ratings and pick the right tradesman for you. 

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