Locked down but not out

It’s fair to say that lockdown has seen us all get better acquainted with our homes in recent months.

With households considerably fuller, the plumbing and electrics have come under intense strain meaning it’s been a busy time for those tradespeople called upon in emergencies like heating engineers, electricians and locksmiths.

But the past couple of months haven’t only been about emergency jobs. The extra time at home has also reminded us of the things we’ve been meaning to fix or improve and never got around to - the jobs that make homelife pleasurable.

In the first phase of lockdown when we were all trying to figure out how to live with the ‘new normal’, these jobs weren’t a priority. But as time has gone on and we’ve realised we were in this for the long haul, these jobs have crept up the to-do list.

Outdoor pursuits

This appetite for improvement has been reflected in the number of garden-related jobs posted on MyBuilder. More time in our gardens and the unusually warm spring weather has sparked an outdoor jobs boom, with garden and landscaping jobs up 200% on the same time last year. Whether it’s fixing those broken fence panels or finally tackling those wonky patio slabs, it seems lockdown has been a boon for tatty gardens everywhere.

Fencing is in high demand

The usual spring garden tidy up appears to have been more substantial than usual and we’ve seen the seasonal trend for clearance and fencing jobs last much longer as a result, aided by the clement weather. For some, the lockdown has been the catalyst for full-scale landscaping projects - a golden opportunity to create the garden they’ve always dreamed of.

If you’ve been inspired to take the plunge and transform your garden this summer, read these landscaping tips from our in-house expert Carl.

Homeworking has also prompted some to embrace the trend for outdoor offices. For advice on creating a dedicated home office outdoors, read this article with tips from Carl.

Whilst our cars haven’t had as much use as usual, that hasn’t stopped thoughts turning to driveway jobs which have also enjoyed a boom recently. If, like others, you’re tempted to give yours a makeover, first read Carl's tips - they could help to put you on the right path to achieving that all-important kerb appeal.

Indoor inspiration

More recently attention has also turned indoors and painters and decorators are in high demand, with jobs in this category up by 180% in May.

When it comes to decorating, some rooms have definitely been more of a priority than others. Top of the list has been the bathroom, perhaps because it’s the perfect place to escape for some peace and quiet away from the rest of the family. The bathroom boom has also kept tilers busy too - jobs for them jumped 156% in April. If you're planning on tackling the bathroom, be sure to read Carl's advice on how to get it right.

Kitchen fitters have been busy

With more of us at home, it’s unsurprising to see that our kitchens have also benefited from the lockdown. As the heart of the modern home, the kitchen is often high up on the to-do list and while it’s at the costlier end of the home improvement spectrum, you don’t need to break the bank to transform this space. Read Carl's advice on how to approach a kitchen makeover.

There has also been plenty to keep electricians occupied too. We’ve seen a spike in the number of people wanting to add new sockets and lighting for both outdoor and indoor spaces and plenty of tradespeople have been called upon to help homeowners create a practical home working space. Read our article on how to create a home office space that's fit for the future.

We are expecting these trends to continue and as we emerge from lockdown, whilst our nerves may be a little more frayed, we’re pleased to say that thanks to MyBuilder’s army of brilliant tradespeople, our homes and gardens will be in better shape than ever.

Tick off your lockdown to-do list today

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