Over 80% of people regularly watch at least one home or property show

It may have escaped your notice but 90s home ‘improvement’ show Changing Rooms is back on air for the second season of its 2020s reboot, in which ordinary people splash paint on the walls and test the strength of their friendships under the expert guidance of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Fitted furniture specialist Hammonds surveyed a sample of the populace and found 82% of UK adults regularly watch at least one home or property TV show. Psychology expert Dennis Relojo-Howell told the firm that people enjoy the on-screen spectacle because “we all have areas of our homes that we hope to transform – especially since the lockdowns”.

Plus, of course, we like to have a nose at other people’s homes. Just over a third of people (35%) were prepared to admit to that motivation.

The top property show, according to Hammonds, is Grand Designs, in which ordinary people wipe out their finances and test the strength of their relationships under the expert guidance of Kevin McCloud. Pretty much the same as Changing Rooms, in other words, but turned up to 11.