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How much space the UK's average house price can get you in these areas

Abigail Fenton
·Writer
·3-min read
Combined home insurance premiums are at their highest since 2013, with some home-ownerspaying more. (Breno Assis/Unsplash)
You could get twice as much floor or storage space for the same price depending on where you buy your home. Photo: Breno Assis/Unsplash

Housebuyers in the West Midlands can get nearly twice as much floor space than those in greater London for the same price, research suggests.

Houses in the UK’s average price range — £230,000 to £240,000 — are an average of 81.6 square metres, self-storage experts Space Station found.

However, West Midlands’ buyers get far more space for their money. Houses in this region boast around 30% more room, at 104.92 square metres, the research found.

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Residents in Yorkshire and the Humber can also get great value in terms of space, ranking second at 98.4 square metres.

Meanwhile, London buyers can expect a tiny 45.75 square metre home for the UK average house price — less than half of the space in West Midlands homes.

The UK regions with the most living space

  1. West Midlands (104.92 square metres)

  2. Yorkshire and the h=Humber (98.42sqm)

  3. Northern Ireland (98.2sqm)

  4. North-West (89.69sqm)

  5. North-East (88.10sqm)

  6. East Midlands (86.89sqm)

  7. East of England (83.13sqm)

  8. South-West (74.68sqm)

  9. Wales (72.65sqm)

  10. Scotland (62.91sqm)

  11. South-East (62.91sqm)

  12. Greater London (45.74sqm)

Homes in the capital are also unlikely to have a garage or utility space. None of the houses included in the study featured these, Space Station found.

What’s more, they only come with an average of just 0.26 square metres of built-in storage, such as built-in wardrobes, cupboards or pantries — which can be a huge factor for potential buyers.

Scotland homes rank first for built-in storage, with an average of 3.7 built-in wardrobes or storage cupboards.

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Yorkshire and the Humber follows closely behind, with an average of 2.58, and the south-west comes in third, with 2.2, the research found.

Only 8% of UK homes come with a built-in utility or laundry room. Those in the North-West are most likely to, with one in five (22%) homes in the region having such a room.

Meanwhile, the North-East is second most-likely, at 16%, and the West Midlands comes in third, at 12%.

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A garage can add 5% to the value of a home — more than half (54%) of the homes in the Yorkshire and the Humber region feature a garage.

This is followed by the North-East, where nearly half (48%) of homes come with a garage, and the South-West, where two in five (42%) do.

The UK regions most likely to have a garage

  1. Yorkshire and the Humber (54%)

  2. North-East (48%)

  3. South-West (42%)

  4. North-West (34%)

  5. Northern Ireland (30%)

  6. West Midlands (26%)

  7. Scotland (24%)

  8. East Midlands (24%)

  9. East of England (14%)

  10. South-East (8%)

  11. Wales (4%)

  12. Greater London (0%)

“Our research really highlights the space and built-in storage you can get for your money, with some interesting findings,” said Vlatka Lake, marketing manager at Space Station.

“Having more space is of course more appealing for many buyers, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a deal breaker.

“There are plenty of innovative storage solutions people can use to make use of every inch of the home, even for some of those tiny London apartments.”