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  Posted by: electime      14th May 2021

• House refresh: 83 per cent of Brits are planning home improvements
• Redecoration trends: Living area redecorations (30 per cent) followed by a garden revamp (23 per cent) are top of the renovation wish list for homeowners
• Eco warriors: One fifth (19 per cent) of Brits want to make sustainable home improvements
• House beautiful: Meanwhile, TV shows (21 per cent) and magazines (19 per cent) are our biggest sources of inspiration for home projects

With Brits being able to welcome people into their homes and gardens from the 17 May, new research from Checkatrade has found that a huge 83 per cent of Brits are planning a home refresh over the next 12 months.

Findings from Checkatrade’s Home Pride Index report, which looks at the value British homeowners place on their home, has found the top renovations UK homeowners are planning to make in the future are redecorating a living room, bedroom or bathroom (30 per cent), followed by a garden revamp (23 per cent).

Top Renovations UK Homeowners Are Planning to Make in the Future

1. Redecoration of living room/bedroom/bathroom – 30 per cent
2. Garden revamp – 23 per cent
3. Replacing flooring – 22 per cent
4. A new kitchen – 19 per cent
5. Replacing windows – 15 per cent
6. New external doors – 13 per cent
7. Building a shed – 10 per cent
8. Knocking walls through/building walls – 8 per cent
9. Installing a conservatory – 7 per cent
10. Creating a home office – 6 per cent

The new study also reveals that eco upgrades are on the agenda, with one fifth (19 per cent) of Brits keen to make environmentally friendly improvements like installing insulation or solar panels.

Meanwhile, when it comes to home inspiration, most homeowners are influenced by TV shows (21 per cent) and magazines (19 per cent). While social media was also cited by many as a source of inspiration, including Pinterest (12 per cent), Instagram (11 per cent), and Facebook (9 per cent).

In fact, not only has the past year driven a growing wish list of home improvement goals, but it has also seen a rise in interiors and home renovation social media accounts, with 34 per cent of Brits saying they have turned – or would turn – their home renovations into social media followings.

Checkatrade’s research also revealed that the most popular reasons for starting a home interiors/renovation social media account were to share advice and recommendations with others (40 per cent), to give themselves something to do during lockdown (35 per cent) and to inspire others (34 per cent).

Mike Fairman, CEO of Checkatrade, comments: “The past year has inspired many of us to invest in our homes and as a result, we’re seeing incredible demand as homeowners seek to make their dreams a reality. In fact, contacts to our Checkatrade members were up 154 per cent year-on-year this past March, so we are not surprised to find that 8 in 10 people are planning to refresh their homes over the next 12 months.”

‘’No matter where your inspiration may come from, when planning your next home project, make sure you use a reputable and checked professional to help bring those ideas to life.’’

To view Checkatrade’s Home Pride Index, visit the Checkatrade blog here.