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The Home Improvement Index 2024

Regional Profiles: Yorkshire & the Humber

The North Yorkshire boroughs, located within or near the Dales and the Moors, continue to dominate the region’s home improvement rankings – Hambleton coming out top in 2023 above neighbouring Harrogate. And, in line with the recent relative rise of home improvement in seaside locations, Scarborough retains its top 10 place.

Yorkshire & the Humber - Change in applications by type 2022 & 2023

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Yorkshire & the Humber - Regional Home improvement apps per 1k private homes

The region saw a slightly bigger fall than the national average in applications over 2023 but has performed slightly better than most since 2019. This is broadly in keeping with the regional growth in house prices and economic activity. Earnings growth has also been slightly above the national average.

Despite a fall in 2023, the number of applications for garden works and buildings in the region was up 22% on the 2019 figure. Compared with the other northern regions, there was a slightly smaller fall in applications for extension since 2019, down 16%. But the number of applications for loft works was down from 2019 to 2023, by 4%.

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Growth in applications for solar panels was among the strongest regionally in 2023. Applications were up by a third on the year and up two and a half times on the number in 2019. The number of applications citing insulation was also well up in 2023 standing at almost five time the number seen in 2019.

Yorkshire & the Humber - Average House price at Dec 2023 & annual change

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Yorkshire & the Humber - Top 10 Districts for home improvement

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*The rankings are based on the number of home improvement applications, as defined by Barbour ABI (see methodology), per 1,000 private homes. Given the impacts of the pandemic, 2023 is compared with 2019 as benchmark.

Yorkshire & the Humber - Share of regional applications involving key types in 2023

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*Note: A single application may include any number of the above key types

Yorkshire & the Humber - Regional spending on alterations and improvement to homes over 2021 and 2022

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Source: ONS Family Expenditure Survey.
Caveat: The data can vary significantly year to year given sample the sizes. This is partially smoothed in our use of the data by taking an average over two years.

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