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Being in lockdown and spending so much time confined to barracks has sent many of us in search of "things to do" to relieve the boredom. Suddenly, the long list of DIY tasks that have been outstanding for months or years are getting ticked off the "to do" lists of many homes across the UK. At least, that's according to some of the recent data issued by GfK.

But, other than relieving some of the boredom, why else should you undertake a home improvement project or attend to basic repairs and maintenance?

Learning DIY skills is a great way to get the house in shape and also save some money. Doing some DIY will not only get you active, you will benefit from a sense of achievement from getting that long list of ‘things to do’ under control. If you’re a little challenged by using an electric screwdriver then you can get plenty of advice from DIY Tips website. Also, "DIY Doctor" is a home improvement website run by tradesman. The site offers free information, advice and tips for all levels of experience across all areas of home improvements, building and home maintenance.

Undertaking straightforward DIY jobs can also be hugely beneficial if you are thinking of selling your home after the lockdown is lifted. A recent study by Dataloft identied that basic DIY issues such as marked and stained walls, worn carpets and broken cupboard doors are the main things that "turn off" potential buyers.

With the above in mind, it would appear that many of us are increasingly turning our hands and minds to DIY projects.  Recent data suggests that:

  • While the housing market might be quieter, according to the GfK study, there has been a huge increase in the DIY/Homeimprovement market as many of us take this time to do projects in our homes.
  • Traditionally, purchasing for DIY projects is an in-store activity with 77% preferring to physically visit a store to browse the aisles. As expected, that appears to have changed dramatically over the last month as self isolating and lock down measures have been imposed.
  • Despite shopping being predominantly done in-store, online is the main channel for homeowners when seeking out hints and tips for DIY. YouTube is the top source of information overall whilst Google comes in as the second most popular resource. 
  • All this DIY will prove beneficial to those considering moving once the lockdown has lifted. 76% of prospective buyers are put off by cracks, marks and stains according to Sell House Fast.
  • In 2019 the NAEA found 98% of homeowners had improved their homes within the past 5 years, with redecorating (72%) and garden makeovers (40%) being the two most popular improvements.

According to a panel of experts, Garden centres and DIY stores should be among the first businesses to reopen once the lockdown measures are relaxed as home improvement, decorating and gardening spend could help revive the economy.

We recommend that anyone about to embark on a substantial DIY project with a view to selling their property should probably take the time to work out the maths to check if the project is really worth it. It doesn’t make sense to throw away your hard-earned cash, so you should always keep an eye on the cost versus the benefit. 

Anyone about to embark on a major project when in lock down should also take account of the advice of a number of medical societies who have urged the public to avoid any activity which increases the risk of accidents to reduce any additional pressure on the NHS. So, if you're about to start building a new extension and you're not quite sure how to change the drill bit, then it might be worth holding off for a while.

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