One in six adults have argued with partner when redecorating their home, study finds

Millions of couples have been at loggerheads with each other over home improvements, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults found about one in six have ended up in a row with their other half when decorating or renovating their home.

Sixteen per cent had disagreed over how much they should spend while almost one in five said either they or their partner was completely against getting the work done at all.


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As a result, 47 per cent found their home makeover “stressful”.

Karen Lund, of home improvement window specialists Independent Network, which commissioned the research, said: “We all know that home improvements can be disruptive, but we didn’t realise quite what the emotional impact could be.

“It seems women are more interested in attaining perfection, and men would rather

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As a nation of bodgers, this is why I’m not doing my own DIY work anymore

If ever there was a time that the spirit of my father would manifest itself, it would be right now, as I hover nervously in the doorway to my living room where there is a man painting my ceiling.

The man’s name is Matt and he is a very nice man. My dad would probably like him. However, the reason I can imagine his frowning ghost at my shoulder is that it is Matt, and not me, who is painting my ceiling.

I can imagine his look now, part bemused, part amused, part disappointed. Why, he would wonder, unless you are in traction or have had to undergo emergency amputation of all your limbs, would you not paint your own ceiling?


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Indeed, it’s something that doesn’t sit happily with me, hence the

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