Demand increase despite threats

A potential second Covid-19 wave will not be enough to stop some people from improving their homes, according to new research.

Powered Now, a mobile billing service for the trades, has said that despite the threat of a second wave and consequential lockdowns, DIY and home improvements have experienced a boom in popularity and desirability.

Research conducted by Powered Now found that 15% of tradespeople have experienced their highest client demand ever. Other statistics include: 81% agreed that despite coronavirus, they won’t postpone home improvement work because of a reluctance to have other people in their house; 18% of Brits agree that a second wave will not get in the way of home improvement projects; 16% of tradespeople agree that the threat of a second wave of Covid has influenced them to commence work on home improvements sooner rather than later; and 17% of tradespeople regularly work over 10 hours a day.

Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now, said: “As Covid cases continue to rise … there are certainly concerns around the possibility of another lockdown, and how it will affect the construction and trade sectors. However, our research has shown that the pandemic will not get in the way of home improvements, especially as we draw closer to the colder months.

“This is great news as the sector has continued to see an upward trajectory of recovery, and it just goes to show how important these sectors are when it comes to overcoming the problems caused by Covid-19. Despite second wave concerns, our research has entirely confirmed that tradespeople and consumers alike are very much eager to sustain this growth, with traders being are motivated to work and commencing their work on home improvements even sooner.

“This is sure to help the sector bounce back even quicker as people will rush to hire a tradesperson for their desired work.”