46% of homeowners undertook a home improvement project in 2020

New data from Rated People’s Trends Report found that 46% of homeowners across the UK undertook a home improvement project during 2020.

The find-a-tradesperson platform also revealed that there were notable regional variations when it came to updating our homes. 

Birmingham and Glasgow led the home renovation revolution, with 53% of homeowners making improvements to their homes during 2020, followed by Belfast and Brighton.  The top 10 cities where the most people did home improvement work in 2020 –  

1.       Birmingham 53% (of homeowners) 

2.       Glasgow 53% 

3.       Belfast 52% 

4.       Brighton 50% 

5.       Norwich 48% 

6.       Sheffield 48% 

7.       London 48% 

8.       Liverpool 47% 

9.       Bristol 45% 

10.   Newcastle 45% 

Rated People’s research also found that our enthusiasm for home renovations is set to continue throughout 2021, with more than half (51%) of people planning to enhance their homes this year. Jobs that we are planning to do in 2021 include painting (44%), bathroom refits (18%), kitchen renovations (17%) and loft conversions (10%). 

The top regions set to improve their homes the most this year are:

 1.       Glasgow 60% 

2.       Newcastle 56% 

3.       Liverpool 55% 

4.       Cardiff 54% 

5.       Belfast 52% 

6.       London 52% 

7.       Manchester 52% 

8.       Southampton 52% 

9.       Birmingham 49% 

10.   Sheffield 49% 

Adrienne Minster, CEO ofRated Peoplesaid: “We’ve completed a wide range of projects since the pandemic began, with lockdown helping to reignite our passion for home improvements. People have been looking more closely at what they can do with the space they currently have to make their homes more inviting for the day when they can finally welcome friends and family back inside again.  

“The fact that so many homeowners across the UK felt comfortable allowing tradespeople into their homes during a pandemic is testament to the professionalism of trades businesses and their commitment to following the latest health and safety guidelines. Like many other sectors, tradespeople faced significant challenges in 2020, but the industry adapted quickly to restrictions, bouncing back strongly in the second half of the year.”  

Rated People’s Trends Report is an annual guide to what’s going on in the world of UK home renovations. In 2021, the report used a representative sample of more than 500,000 jobs and surveyed 2,000 UK residents nationwide to identify the updates we’ve been making and the improvements we’re planning for the year ahead. 

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