A survey of the challenges faced by renovators during Covid-19 reveals demand and activity remains strong
In positive news for the residential design and construction industry, a recent Houzz survey of homeowners reveals that the first wave of Covid-19 lockdowns (from March 2020) didn’t stop renovations going ahead, with minimal disruptions and changes of plan. In fact, enforced time at home is likely to lead to an upswing of home-improvement projects.
The data in this story was sourced from an online survey fielded to Australian Houzz users between 29 June and 6 July.
The survey, of more of 2,200 Australian homeowners using Houzz, found that four in five homeowners (83 percent) – who were in the middle of a home renovation or design project when the coronavirus pandemic was declared on March 11, 2020 – were able to continue with their renovations. Less than one percent cancelled their ongoing project.
This was followed by a change of circumstance that limited their ability to pay for the project (37 percent).
Some other reasons why projects didn’t go ahead include a shortage of available materials, income and job insecurity, and concern about house prices dropping.
Enforced confinement at home led many respondents to plan upgrades of their homes for better enjoyment.
Three-quarters of respondents (75 percent) say they are thinking of changes that would help them develop their property. Leading the way in desirability are improvements to the outdoors, kitchens and bathrooms (30 percent, 26 percent and 24 percent, respectively).