With a lot of time on their hands and spending much of it at home, homeowners and renters have been making a wishlist of work that needs doing.
The latest research from online trade directory, Checkatrade, reveals that 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.
According to the findings, 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%).
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.
Top 10 new spaces created:
1. Vegetable plots
3. Garden oasis
4. Outside social space
5. Home gym
6. Home schooling area
7. Calm / meditation zone
8. Man cave
10. Games room