Customers thinking about renovating a property should visit, www.emptyhomes.com. Empty Homes is an independent charity that encourages people to create homes from empty property and campaigns for more unoccupied houses to be brought back into use.
The charity started in 1992 as the Empty Homes Agency and now provides practical help to people and organisations as well as conducting research on the subject.
According to Empty Homes there are 1.7m people on housing waiting lists yet the house building rate is as low as it has been since the 1920’s. Renovating existing properties is a way of bringing additional accommodation on to the market economically and with less environmental impact than new builds. Empty Homes reckon that the average renovation creates something like one third of the CO2 of building a new property.