VAT cut ‘would make home improvements more affordable’

The government has been urged to consider implementing a VAT cut on home improvements, in order to make them more affordable to everybody.

Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, said he is sure that a reduction in the tax would help many people save money.

It should also mean that Britons will go to professional tradesmen – such as builders, electricians and decorators – to carry out the work, rather than hire a cowboy.

“If you pay more for a job, then you get a better job done and it lasts longer – it will maybe last for the lifetime of a house,” Mr Leech stated.

He went on to note that taking the cheap option is a bad move as homeowners are sure not to receive as good a result.

One home improvement that could be particularly shrewd to invest in is stone flooring, with interior designer Carolyn Parker recently suggesting it is a surface that will last forever.

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