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Pandemic Fuels Wide Range of House Projects

March 26, 2021

Home remodeling has become one of the most popular hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Fifty-two percent of respondents say they’ve spent more on their homes since the pandemic. On average, homeowners reported spending $1,349 on home-related purchases since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new survey from Cinch Home Services of more than 1,000 homeowners.

So, what are they spending on? They’re mostly buying furniture and appliances, according to the survey.

A chart showing the types of home-related purchases since the COVID-19 pandemic began

A lot of those increasing furniture needs may be for outfitting home offices. Nearly three-quarters of workers between the ages of 18 and 74 started working from home since the pandemic, according to a LinkedIn and USA Today survey. About 54%, however, did not have a remote work setup prior to COVID-19—so they likely needed to make some purchases to get a home office ready.

The following are the rooms that homeowners are redecorating the most since the pandemic.

A chart showing where in the home people are investing their money, and on what items or appliances as well

The top reason for pandemic-inspired home improvement projects has been to improve comfort (57.2%), followed by the desire to modify the home’s atmosphere (37.9%) and improving the home’s organization (29.8%), according to the survey. About 24%—mostly millennials—also said they spruced up the home to improve their mental health while sheltering in.