It stands to reason that home improvements help people sell their homes. In a survey undertaken by Sell House Fast, 76% of respondents said they were put off a house by cracks, marks and stains. There has also been a considerable number of homeowners carrying out property improvements.
A study in 2019 by the NAEA found 98% of homeowners have made improvements to their house in the previous five years. The most popular option was redecorating, cited by 72% of homeowners and garden makeovers, listed by 40% of respondents.
All homeowners can benefit from DIY work
However, you don’t need to be in the process of selling your home to benefit from home improvements. Any homeowner who wants more agreeable surroundings will find home improvements are an excellent way to feel more settled.
During the lockdown, many people are looking for projects at home. This keeps them busy, but it also helps with the psychology and mood at home. Changing your surroundings is helpful if you are looking at them for virtually every hour of the day.
If you have DIY equipment and material in the house, this is the ideal time to use them. However, many people have found that they need to buy more items, and this has led to some DIY stores around the country being amongst the busiest venues at this time.
Over the weekend, social media has been abuzz with anecdotes and stories relating to shopping at places like B&Q. A waiting time of two hours just to get into the store is not uncommon. Also, while toilet paper appeared to be the most in-demand item before the lockdown, it looks as though fence paint is one of the most highly popular products right now.
Enjoy your garden if you can
This makes sense. A lot of people are keen to spend as much time in their garden as they possibly can. Having a great looking garden helps people to relax. However, improvement work in the garden also provides people with a reason to be outside.
Some people will feel a touch of guilt about lazing around all day in the garden. There are a lot of people who feel as though they always need to be active. However, by carrying out home improvements, you have a purpose, and you are doing something productive with your time.
Hopefully, it will not be too long until there is a relaxation in what people can and cannot do; however, the most important thing is for people to stay safe and follow advice. If it is deemed better to continue the lockdown, this must be followed.
Therefore, it is likely many people will look to improve their home and garden areas. This may mean DIY stores become even busier, helping people use their time wisely and to improve their surroundings.
If you are looking for guidance or information regarding the housing market, please get in touch with Hunters Camberwell. As a local estate agent who has the support of a national network, we are ideally placed to provide you with all the help and guidance you need to make an informed decision, so please contact us today.