Recent research from Insight DIY commissioned by Safestyle brings good news to the home improvement sector with 55%% of Brits prioritising plans to update their home as the Covid-19 restrictions continue to be eased.
The survey showed that 62% of Brits feel better off having saved money during the lockdown on things such as commuting, socialising, shopping and going on holiday. One in three (31%) are likely to spend this extra money on home improvements – with 1 in 8 expecting to invest in home improvements within the next six months.
Projects vary and include both interior and exterior home improvements:
- 23% are looking to redecorate inside
- 25% are looking at garden improvements
- 13% are focusing on improving their home exteriors
In terms of safety, 34% felt comfortable letting contractors and tradespeople into their home to carry out work, with another 26 per cent having no strong feelings either way.
Many contractors and tradespeople have been working hard to put in place strict COVID-19 safety plans to protect their customers and employees. QASSS alongside HIES, DGCOS and HICS who represent businesses in the home improvement and renewable energy sectors, issued full safety guidance and advice based on government guidelines back in May to support a safe return to work.
To help protect from COVID-19, the top five requirements from those surveyed included:
1) Keeping at least 2 metres away (71%)
2) Washing/sanitising hands before entering (67%)
3) Wearing a protective face mask (63%)
4) Confirming they have no Covid-19 symptoms (56%)
5) Wearing protective gloves (56%)
COVID-19 has transformed how we live and work, with remote working now becoming a more permanent way of life and home considered the safest place to be. And with economic uncertainty, people are choosing to improve or extend their homes rather than move.
If you’re planning a new project, make sure you only instruct skilled tradesmen who are members of a consumer protection scheme or other trade 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.