UK homes are shrinking in size despite rising house prices, says new data

The UK property market is in a turbulent state at the moment, with house prices soaring despite the current cost of living crisis. It’s arguably never felt more difficult to buy a house, or climb the property ladder.

And as it turns out, reaching that elusive next (or first) step might not actually be all it’s cracked up to be. According to outdoor building specialists Tiger Sheds (opens in new tab), while house prices are shooting up – meaning we’re paying more for our homes than ever – the average total floor area of a UK home has actually decreased by almost 16% over the last five years.

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Data from the Department for Levelling Up states that the average floor area of a UK home has gone from 104.6 square metres in 2017, to 87.9 square metres today.