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Home Improvement Has Surged During Covid, Will it Continue?

Yes, home improvement has surged during COVID-19, but will it continue? Yes, according to numerous statistics across the board

Paint, check.

Brushes, check.

Ladder, check.

Drop cloth, check.

These are just a few of the things needed to paint your house and make it more appealing, and there seems to be no better time to do it.

Due to the pandemic and its lockdowns and lock-ins, everyone seems to be remodeling, renovating, and revamping their humble abodes.

After all, your home is your castle, and it should look its best and be a place where you and your family can find solace.

Yes, home improvement has surged during COVID-19, but will it continue? Yes, according to numerous statistics across the board

Experts Agree

It looks like anything home-related is on the rise as Businesswire states: “According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, home centers, hardware stores, garden centers, and building materials suppliers realized a year-over-year sales increase of 22.6%, leading all retail categories except for online purchases. This continues a trend with retailers serving the home improvement market that suggests homeowners are doing projects during the pandemic.”

Moreover, recent research from Consumer Specialists and the Home Projects Council surveyed more than 600 homeowners in June 2020 of which 57% said they completed a home improvement project from March to May.

And they spent money, too. On average, the same homeowners said they spent $1,750 in home improvements and were driven by time on their hands to complete the projects.

The President of Consumer Specialists, Fred Miller, said with people at home more than usual, the council was surprised at the various ways COVID-19 has impacted home improvement activity.

 “In terms of consumer attitudes and behavior, there has never been a single force that has so significantly shaped the home improvement market. Through this research, businesses involved in home improvement can better understand the current dynamic and make appropriate adjustments to success in this environment,” he said.

Other Key Findings:

  • A large number said they “Have more time” (66.9%) to work on projects because of COVID-19.
  • About 50% added, “time at home made me more aware of things that needed doing” for remodeling.

 Still Going Strong

As the pandemic and its many mandates remain in place across the country homeowners are still remodeling and renovating their homes full force.

And for those who haven’t decided to move from their current home, fixing it up is as popular as ever.

Some of the most popular projects include redoing patios, media rooms, painting exteriors, adding more landscaping, and installing outdoor living spaces.

With the spring season here and summer not too far off, adding a complete outdoor kitchen is still one of the trendiest things people are doing. Think outdoor refrigerators, freezers, pizza ovens, wet bars, wine coolers, grills, smokers, and more.

Additionally, buying new furniture is also on trend with new available designs from wrought iron to easier-to-clean materials like resin.

Patio flooring too has taken on a new look thanks to brick pavers – clay that is made to look like bricks –for what’s underfoot.

Going Green

Homeowners who have also had time on their hands this past year and a half are moving toward many green projects and sustainability.

For example, according to a report from Porch.com, more people want to make their homes more environmentally friendly, either by installing solar panels (14%), beginning a compost heap (11%), or solar-powered water heating systems (10%).

For 2021, homeowners surveyed said they will focus on even more green projects like smart lighting to lower electricity to become more eco-friendly.

The same report also states four in 10 (40%) Americans who own a house want to make it good for their environment and general surroundings Among those most vested in the task? Millennials and Gen Z, where 56% are planning eco-conscious renovations, and Gen X’ers about 43% sharing the same mindset.

More Revamping Ahead

As more and more businesses, offices, and other venues decide to lift mandates and open their doors, one thing seems certain, the interest in revamping, remodeling, and improving one’s home is not going to stop anytime soon.

If you haven’t started a home project in the past 15 months, and have been thinking about it, perhaps now is the time to jump in and get the job done.

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