More than half of homeowners who were in the midst of home renovation projects mid-March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was declared were able to continue their renovations, according to a new report from Houzz. The survey of nearly 1,000 homeowners found that only 1% of respondents cancelled an ongoing project as a result of COVID-19. Two in five homeowners who put their projects on hold felt their renovation project was not urgent and could resume at a later date.
According to Houzz, home offices and master bedroom projects were least likely to be paused during the pandemic. Outdoor projects continued for three in five homeowners while master bathroom and kitchen remodels continued for more than half of homeowners during the global health crisis.
Three quarters of respondents with ongoing residential renovation projects are working with home professionals and a majority reported online tools for shopping, remote communication, contract approvals, and invoicing and payments were helpful in moving projects forward.
In addition to moving forward with current home improvement projects, many home-bound homeowners are considering major projects in the near-term future. Nearly 80% of respondents reported planning future changes to their homes, with updated outdoor spaces, bathrooms, and kitchen projects topping their wishlists. Among homeowners planning to upgrade their homes post-pandemic, desired changes include new décor, better lighting, and an improved layout.
“Homeowners and the professionals working on their projects are taking health concerns very seriously. While many projects have continued during this time, the northeast region was most affected, which is not surprising given the pandemic’s significant impact in that area,” Marine Sargsyan, Houzz senior economist, said in a news release. “Personal health and safety, as well as that of the professionals working in their homes, were top considerations for homeowners, but, less than half of those with unfinished projects put their project on hold. We’re also hearing from our pro community that certain projects are able to restart as shelter in place orders are becoming more relaxed and lifted completely in some areas.”
Houzz reports homeowners in the south and west regions of the country were most likely to continue with their current projects amidst the pandemic, while homeowners in the midwest and northeast regions were the least likely to move forward with in-progress projects. For the report, Houzz gathered online survey responses from 983 homeowners between April 22 and April 29.