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A love of DIY is the real lockdown legacy

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This September is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM), and as the name suggests – it’s an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) encouraging people to improve their homes during the month of September.

And it comes at exactly the right time as research conducted by BHETA found that the lockdown has encouraged much of the nation to dabble in DIY. Prior to the months of social isolation, only one in 10 Brits felt confident enough to tinker with their homes themselves.

That however, seems to have changed as 39% of the UK have made improvements to their homes over the course of lockdown.

What’s more, with more time and more money on their hands, it seems a new generation of DIY-ers has been born. In fact, over half of those who made changes to their home were found to be aged 25 to 34-years old, with the second largest grouping being under 24s. Similarly, over two thirds of those aged 24 to 34-years old revealed that they felt more confident in their DIY skills as a result of the time spent tweaking their homes over lockdown.

The research also revealed what Brits were doing to improve their houses, with close to a third (31%) choosing to update their home’s style over improving its the value (18%), increasing its energy efficiency (12%) or upping its security (11%). Indeed, there’s been an 84% increase in online searches for ‘home décor’ since lockdown began, a doubling in UK searches for ‘garden tools’ in the same period, and a similar picture across DIY products and projects.

And NHIM have called upon home-dwellers to continue this DIY fervour and make just one change – big or small – to their house in September.

This has been echoed by NHIM ambassadors Craig Phillips (TV presenter, DIY expert, Silverline Tools ambassador and former Big Brother winner) and Georgina Burnett (TV presenter, The Home Genie Blogger, and DIY interiors expert), who hope to see this interest in DIY expand further still, with those new to the hobby making just one change to their homes to get started.

Philips said, “It’s great to have National Home Improvement Month roll around again, especially after what’s been a tough time for pretty much everybody across the country.

“It’s great to see the nation take to DIY while they’ve been at home, and hopefully that’ll continue over September!”

In addition, Georgina Burnett said: “So many people lead busy and often stressful lives, so the emotional benefits of improving your home environment are immeasurable. We all need a home that supports our day to day living.”

Stephen Richardson, Marketing Manager of BHETA, echoed the pair’s sentiments, adding: “National Home Improvement Month is always an exciting time for us, and we’re thrilled to be helping people the country over to improve their homes.”

A home is what you make of it, and to celebrate NHIM, we are challenging you to make one change with the opportunity to win over £1,000 worth of fantastic home improvement goodies from National Home Improvement Sponsors Nilfisk, House of Mosaics, QEP, and Schneider Electrics.

The lucky winner will receive £1000 worth of useful products to give your house a facelift this September!
All you have to do is email us a picture of your home improvements to [email protected], along with the reasons that you decided to #MakeOneChange (in no more than 30 words) before 30th September 2020.

As the saying goes, ‘Home is where the heart is,’ and with lockdown easing and gatherings of family and friends becoming ever more frequent, National Home Improvement Month is the perfect time to put the finer touches on your home.




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