Survey points to buoyant market for home improvements

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Powered Now survey shows 88% of respondents have not postponed roofing work due to threats of a second wave and many are hoping to get their homes in the best condition possible before winter arrives.

Research from Powered Now, a mobile billing service for the trades, has highlighted a buoyant market for home improvements including roofing and repairs amongst homeowners, with many hoping to get their homes in the best condition possible before winter arrives.

Key findings from the research show:

  • 18% of respondents agreed that the threat of a second wave of COVID has influenced them to commence home improvement projects sooner rather than later

  • 8% of which are commencing with roofing projects.

  • 88% have not postponed roof home improvement work because they are reluctant to have other people in their home.

  • 15% agreed ahead of roofing projects that they are now looking to use cash less frequently to avoid the spread of infection.

  • 12% agreed that they are now considering a career in the roofing sector.

  • 11% agree that after lockdown, there have been fewer roofers to choose from.

Benjamin Dyer, CEO of Powered Now – a mobile-based billing, invoicing and quotation application which specialises in trades – explained the upcoming increase in trade for the roofing sector: “As the weather turns colder, Brits will need to make preparations to ensure that their homes will withstand the colder months. It is essential to note that the exterior of homes are just as important as the interior, and taking care of both will guarantee a comfortable living environment during these months. In light of this, we are expecting one final push of trade in the coming month in these sectors.

“The whole industry is still in catch up mode and projects delayed by the lockdown are taking priority. This has helped to spike demand and we expect it to continue in the short term. Our research has very much confirmed that Brits were eager to have home improvement jobs completed post-lockdown and pre-winter, treating themselves to a little home-based TLC.“Our SME customers are also talking about the pressure to complete jobs as people worry about a second wave. As we have seen from the sentiments established in this research, this could in fact help the trades bounce back even quicker as people will rush to hire a tradesperson for their desired work before the cooler months set in.”

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