The nation prepares to spend £61.8 billion improving homes as restrictions lift
May 26, 2020
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May 26, 2020
Homeowners and renters have been using their unexpected time at home to reassess interiors and make a wishlist of work that needs doing. New research from Checkatrade, one of the UK’s leading online trade directories, reveals that a third (35%) of Brits have come to dislike at least one of their rooms in lockdown, with kitchens and bedrooms coming out top. Overall, Brits are planning to spend an average of £1,179 on improvements as soon as restrictions lift; the equivalent of £61.8 billion nationwide.
Over half (53%) of people have noticed more things wrong with their home while in lockdown than ever before. Common causes for improvement include a general desire for new décor (40%), a craving for more space (28%), a longing for more storage (27%) and a need to get rid of ugly wallpaper (16%).
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In fact, almost half (47%) of Brits are feeling so wound up by the work that needs doing, they would be willing to give up lockdown treats in order to get a qualified tradesperson in to fix a problem – including chocolate (17%), beer and wine (16%) and their games console (14%); 6% even said it would be worth giving up their partner.
During lockdown though, people have already been getting creative with their spaces. With less time away from home, 39% have been busy tailoring both interior and exterior areas to match their professional, social and mental needs at this testing time.
Mike Fairman, CEO at Checkatrade, said:
“The phrase ‘the home is where the heart is’ has never been truer but living looking at the same four walls for weeks on end is enough to make anyone crave a refresh or refurb. With money tighter than ever though, it’s important that it’s spent wisely on a properly qualified and checked tradesperson. Checkatrade does at least 12 checks on every single member, meaning our trade experts are second to none when it comes to planning your next big or small home project.”
Checkatrade has worked closely with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to produce guidance for homeowners looking to carry out work in homes to ensure that any maintenance or home improvement work is carried out smoothly and safely.
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