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Would Cheryl Cole be your home improvement inspiration?

Plasterers and other local tradesmen could be in demand by Britons, after new research showed that despite the current economic climate, a fifth of people have spent more than £1,000 improving their home over the past year.

The survey by Mira Showers revealed that 40 per cent of Britons have spent £500 or more, which could include paying for a painter and plasterer to improve their property’s interior.

When it comes to taking home improvement inspiration, Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole was named as the celebrity whose home most people would like to visit for style ideas.

Simon Cowell was the second favourite celebrity deemed to have a stylish home. However, glamour model Jordan, the Queen and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen are thought to be the worst offenders when it comes to painting and decorating.

A recent poll for Aspect Maintenance found that 70 per cent of London residents plan to carry out home improvements over the coming year.

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