Being in lockdown has meant a huge number of people have been forced to work from home and spend their downtime in the house instead of going out. As a result, many of us have had the chance to see what improvements could be made or maintenance work needs to be done inside the property.
Therefore, it is not surprising to find out that 85 per cent of UK residents have pursued home renovation tasks during lockdown, according to recent research by Aviva.
Managing director for Personal Lines at Aviva General Insurance Gareth Hemming said: “The impacts of lockdown are far-reaching, both practically and emotionally. Many people have been making great use of their time at home, maintaining and improving their properties and gardens.”
The insurance provider found the most popular job to have done since social distancing restrictions began in March has been to declutter, with 56 per cent of people getting rid of unwanted or old belongings.
This was closely followed by those who wanted to rehaul their garden, with 52 per cent making their outdoor space look better over the last couple of months.
Over a quarter (26 per cent) have turned to redecorating their property, while 21 per cent have concentrated on home repairs to make sure their home is well maintained.
According to a previous study from Aviva, 70 per cent of homeowners tended to ignore problems they encountered in their houses. It reported that 27 per cent overlooked minor faults until they become bigger problems; 19 per cent chose to turn a blind eye to spend money elsewhere; and 23 per cent claimed they did not have time to deal with minor issues.
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