These properties have a total floor area of some 900 square feet and they generally require more in the way of cosmetic improvements rather than more extensive repairs. New kitchen and bathroom units, carpeting and internal and external redecoration dramatically improve the appearance of a property. Upgrading of gas or electrical systems to legal requirements for letting often complete the work required. Both material and labour costs are significantly cheaper in these regions than in London & the South East. Investors gain the advantage of both buying in bulk and at wholesale prices as part of a much larger refurbishment programme and in this way improvement works can be carried out quickly, to a good standard and economically.