People in lockdown increasingly embrace DIY

3 June 2020 | General

Two in five (38%) people have undertaken DIY or renovations during the lockdown, research from Aldermore found.

Gardening was the most popular DIY activity among Brits (57%) during lockdown, followed by spring cleaning (47%) and (34%) painting or wallpapering rooms.

Jon Cooper, head of mortgage distribution, Aldermore, said: “DIY comes in surprisingly handy as a homeowner and learning how to fix, repair and renovate are fantastic life skills and great money savers too.

“It is brilliant to see the younger generations embracing DIY during this period in which home improvements are front of mind.

“Making a house a home can be rewarding in itself but it can also bring many additional benefits in improving the saleability and value of a property.

“This period of lockdown means we are all re-evaluating what our homes can be. It now functions as a place to work, a place to exercise and a place to socialise, albeit digitally, with friends and family.

“Now is a good time to consider home plans, such as building an extension or overhauling the kitchen, alongside reviewing financial options such as remortgaging for those bigger home transformation goals so long term a home can be reshaped to everything it needs to be.”

Three in five (60%) 18 to 34 year olds have taken up a DIY project or are planning to, compared to 57% of 35 to 54 year olds and 50% of those above 55.

This post has originally been featured in Property Wire.