With so many people spending more time at home, and looking for projects which will keep them active, it is likely there will be a DIY boom during lockdown. With many leading DIY and hardware stores re-opening, offering the chance for homeowners to buy equipment and materials, homes across the country will be restyled.
The tradesperson comparison site, HaMuch, has reviewed figures relating to the increase of DIY after the 2008 recession. In the period between 2008 and 2011, the turnover of retail sales for DIY supplies and decorating firms increased by 6.9% on an annual basis. There was also a year on year increase of 3.3% on average for sales of paints, hardware and glass in specialist stores.
Tarquin Purdie is the CEO of HaMuch, and he said; “We all like to save money with some DIY where we can and while we do so when moving to a new home, this is often executed over a number of years bit by bit. However, with many now worried about the future of the property market and the value of their home, as they were during the previous recession, it’s very likely we will see a large uplift in the number of people opting to stay put and improve their current property instead of moving to a new one.”
People should double check all measurements before starting DIY work
Tarquin provided a selection of tips for people looking to carry out home improvements at their house. People are advised to plan ahead and to double-check all measurements, colours and fittings. With plenty of time, there is no need to rush into anything, and taking the time to feel more confident about what you have and need, will save time in the long run.
It is also important people consider the importance of finding value for money. Opting for the cheapest materials may sound like a good way to start a project, but this may not be a good idea in the long run. Some cheaper materials create a substandard finish, and will hamper the appearance of the property.
People should only do work they feel confident about
One of the leading tips provided by Tarquin is to only carry out work that you feel confident in. This might not be a time where you can employ professionals to visit your home, but equally, people need to be realistic about the work they can carry out.
Purdie said; “Never attempt anything above your skill set or that could be potentially dangerous. The best-case scenario is you screw it up, waste money and have to re-do it. The worst-case scenario is serious injury or death. Always instruct a skilled professional for gas or electric work and any other tasks you aren’t 100% capable of. Again, this will still be cheaper than moving house.”
At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.