Home renovation and design platform Houzz has released the results of a recent survey, that found that three in five respondents – 68% – were inspired to start a home renovation or design project during the pandemic.
The survey of more than 3,700 UK homeowners using Houzz also found that among those that have completed – or are currently in the middle of – a project, professional hiring remains high at 76%. Added to that more than half of those currently planning a renovation will hire a professional’s help (59%).
The study also showed that digital tools such as invoicing and payments, visualisation tools and video calls (33%, 16% and 13%, respectively) have been helping homeowners to work remotely with professionals. Among those utilising these technology tools, three in five say that they feel more comfortable moving their project forward during the pandemic as a result (60%).
The study also produced results that could indicate that many consumers may be considering commencing a home improvement project in the future. More than half of the homeowners that took part in the survey said they experienced challenges in their homes as a result of the pandemic. Insufficient storage for groceries and supplies, and also lack of a dedicated home office or space to exercise are the most common home frustrations (19%, 17% and 12%, respectively).