RECENT NEWS has confirmed that the home improvement boom seen during the latter half of 2020 is continuing despite the lockdown.
Kingfisher PLC, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has reported in an unscheduled announcement that in the final quarter of 2020, their like-for-like sales have risen by 16.9%.
Additionally, while the UK is experiencing its third national lockdown in just 12 months, this home improvement boom has fuelled a spike in business for tradespeople.
With the work of tradespeople still allowed – as long as government guidelines for working in other people’s homes are carefully followed – research has revealed that tradespeople are continuing to see huge demand for their services. A research study by mobile-based billing service, Powered Now, has shown that 15% of the nation’s tradespeople are experiencing their highest client demand ever.
In line with this, the results of Powered Now’s research suggests UK householders are still booking tradespeople, with 81% not allowing COVID-19 to get in the way of home improvements projects.
Outdoor home improvement work
Roofing contractors are particularly able to continue working on domestic projects safely as their work is, by and large, outdoors and activities can usually be arranged so that they do not have to come into contact with householders.
Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now, says, “With a third national lockdown upon us, and with the construction sector continuing to remain open, we are really expecting to see a push in the trade sectors during the remaining winter months.
“The new restrictions have had a negligible impact on the construction sector so far, and overall activity around construction has to be welcomed.
“At the moment, most firms are just grateful for the good business they are getting right now given how much other sectors are suffering.”