Is your home where you sleep, entertain or live by your own rules? From perfectionists looking for the perfect living room decorations to clean freaks searching for the latest and greatest tool to keep their kitchen spotless, there are numerous different types of homeowner.
What type of homeowner are you? With help from London Cleaning System’s great homeowner infographic, we’ve put together a guide to the five most common types of UK homeowner — the perfectionist, DIY-er, hoarder, eco warrior and workaholic.
Your home is where you entertain guests and showcase your impressive decorating skills. You view your home as a never-ending improvement project, with new cupboards to organise and a continuous supply of new opportunities to make this or that a little bit better.
Perfectionist homeowners tend to treat their home like a project, continually adjusting items and searching for new ways to end up in first place on the organisational podium. They’re also a little OCD about putting possessions to use — if you don’t use it often, it’s either in storage or the bin.
The end result of being a perfectionist homeowner? A stylishly decorated living space that gets plenty of compliments, plus flawlessly organised kitchen cupboards.
Your home is a continual opportunity, not for flashy decorating or expensive accessories, but for you to put your own touch on everything from the wallpaper to the tiles, kitchen countertops and bathroom fixtures.
DIY-er homeowners tend to take a hands-on approach to improving their home, valuing low-cost solutions over expensive upgrades. They take pride in their work and view their home as a blank canvas that’s always in need of improvement, taking any opportunity to put on their tool belt.
The end result of being a DIY-er homeowner? A home that, for all its imperfections, is definitely your own creation, with a unique style that no one can buy or emulate.
The Eco Warrior
You view your home not only as a place to live, but as an opportunity for you to make the world a better place. You love being at the front of the curve, taking each and every opportunity to cut your carbon footprint and make your home an example for the entire neighbourhood.
To your friends and neighbours, you’re the local expert on saving energy, with deep knowledge of everything from the Green Deal to the most cost-effective solar panels.
Eco warrior homeowners make green living a priority, investing ahead of their peers in a range of waste-reduction items and strategies. They’re big fans of recycling, pioneers of renewables and responsible, results-focused people.
The end result of being an eco warrior homeowner? A smaller environmental footprint, lower energy bills and a can-do attitude that extends into other aspects of your life.
Your home is your storage closet — an archive of your most prized possessions, memories and purchases. You view clutter as a decorative item, not a liability. If your sofa starts to show signs of its age, you reupholster it and move it to the spare room — after all, why throw it away?
Hoarder homeowners take their home seriously, viewing everything they own as a prized item with long-term value. While their homes might not be as orderly as those of perfectionists, they tend to be rich in character and decorated with real personality.
The end result of being a hoarder homeowner? A home that’s short on storage space and a little bit too cluttered, but undeniably a unique and comfortable space that’s 100% your own.
Your home is a place to sleep, recharge your batteries and schedule your next day. You view your living room as a secondary space in your home, with your home office the busiest, most frequently used room in your property.
Workaholic homeowners arrange their home life around their work life, rather than the usual tactic of doing the opposite. Your interior design is minimalist and simple — just enough for a comfortable feel, but not enough to distract you from your goals in life.
The end result of being a workaholic homeowner? A higher-than-average salary, frequent promotions and professional success, albeit with little time to relax at home.