Recent research reveals that two-thirds of consumers have revised their travel plans for 2020, with over 40% planning to divert that money to carry out home improvement work. Additional research also reveals that the UK is planning to spend around £61.8bn on home improvements as lockdown restrictions lift.
The pandemic has transformed how we live and work, with home being not only the new office for the foreseeable future but considered the safest place to be.
Many people are also worried about the property market which usually means more people staying put and opting to improve or extend their homes rather than move.
Key projects include:
- General home improvement and repairs
- Extensions and conservatories to add additional space
- Garden improvements and landscaping
- Remodelling rooms for gyms, home offices and additional family space
- Kitchen and bathroom upgrades
- Investment in more sustainable energy including solar panels, air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging.
- Decorating and updating home furnishings
- Garage and loft conversions
- Home offices sheds and log cabins
If you’re planning for a new home improvement project, make sure you instruct skilled tradesmen. Ensure they are a member of a consumer protection scheme demonstrating adherence to quality standards and service. HIES, HICS and DGCOS are consumer protection schemes that cover the whole of the home improvement and renewable energy sectors. Trade members undergo full compliance checks and all consumers get access to free ADR (alternative dispute resolution) should something go wrong.