DIY Demand During Lockdown – Top Tips

There is a lot to be said for using time at home to improve your property, and doing so can add value to the property.

When people spend a lot of time at home, it is inevitable they look for projects and tasks. It is helpful to keep yourself busy, and if you also make positive changes around the house, all the better. Therefore, it is no surprise many people turn to DIY projects to cope with the lockdown, and this sort of work can bring short and long-term benefits.

Anyone who has developed a lengthy repair list will find this is the perfect opportunity to clear some of these items off of their list. Also, anyone who has dreamed about making functional or stylish improvements will never have a better time to make these changes.

Also, don’t forget many people find working on a project like this boosts their mental well-being. All these factors combine to provide you with plenty of reasons and incentives to carry out DIY at home, and you are far from alone in this.

People are searching for DIY tips

Who better to provide information on what people are searching for than Google, the leading search engine in the world? It makes sense that people will look for guidance or step-by-step information that helps them complete tasks effectively. It is important people only undertake DIY work where they feel confident and have skills or experience.

Reviewing the Google Search Trends for the past 30 days (as of mid-May) returns the following Top 10 searches:

  • How to make a bar out of pallets
  • How to lay composite decking
  • How to build a brick BBQ
  • Hedgehog house DIY
  • How to build a raised deck
  • DIY piping bag
  • How to build a fence
  • How to build decking
  • How to lay decking
  • DIY water feature

While some of these searches have only arisen in recent weeks, the rest have increased by at least 250%. It isn’t a surprise many people are looking to make home improvements now, and it appears as though there is significant interest in improving the garden area.

Anyone who has access to a garden should spend as much time there as they can. When you make improvements in the garden, you can enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise and make your garden look better. When it comes to short and long-term benefits, DIY work in the garden is a great way to spend your time.

Top tips to consider when carrying out DIY work:

  • Plan what you need, so review start to end instructions before you begin
  • Double-check all measurements, colours and fittings
  • Don’t just buy the cheapest material, try to find the option that provides you with the best value for money
  • If a task is above your skill-set or confidence, don’t do it
  • When the work requires a skilled or qualified professional, call on one when it is safe to do so

We know these are challenging times, but if you have any questions about the local letting industry, please feel free to contact us. At Ariston, we aim to support the local community as best we can, and we look forward to assisting you in any way.