With so many people spending more time at home, and looking for projects which will keep them active, it is likely there will be a DIY boom during lockdown. With many leading DIY and hardware stores re-opening, offering the chance for homeowners to buy equipment and materials, homes across the country will be restyled.
You will likely have read in the news that many DIY stores have re-opened, and there have been sizable queues at many of these. In Bury St Edmunds, the Homebase store on Easlea Road is currently operation. However, there are restrictions in place, including:
· A maximum of 30 people will be allowed in the store at any one time
· Customers are encouraged to shop alone
· People should remain 2 metres away from others
· Only card payments are accepted
· The team cannot assist customers in carrying items to their car
If you are keen to carry out DIY work in the next few days or weeks, knowing there is a local hardware store open for business is a great comfort.
A study by an online mortgage broker suggests that people have flocked to Google for advice and guidance on repair and improvement work at home.
Some of the leading searches in recent weeks have included people looking for tips on how to use compost, how to put down artificial turf, how to do decking, how to lay a concrete slab, how to do fence panelling and how to build a fire pit.
It is no surprise many households are looking for ways to improve their garden area. YouTube video clips which take people from start to end of the repair or improvement process are invaluable, but a lot of this work should only be carried out by experts. If you aren’t confident in carrying out DIY work, it is perhaps best you leave it until you can call out a professional to provide this service for you.
Inside the house, the lockdown provides the perfect opportunity to carry out repairs. If you have a list of jobs that you have been putting off, now is the ideal time to start them. A good starting point is to check your window frames and doors for cracks or gaps.
As we move into summer, you might not be worried about warm air escaping or cooler air entering your house, but these will cause problems in autumn and winter. Therefore, it makes sense to resolve these matters sooner than later. Improving the insulation of your home saves money, and it makes your home more energy efficient, which is an outcome most homeowners are looking for.
At Coakley & Theaker, we aim to support the local community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.