Demand for home professionals rises

Houzz Inc., the platform for home renovation and design, saw an 80% increase in UK project leads for home professionals in July year-on-year.

There’s more of a call for professionals working on outdoor spaces, with July searches for landscape architects and contractors rising by 127% each, compared with the same period last year.

Home builders (129%) and architects (113%) also experienced an increase in demand.

Ines Cid, managing director for Houzz UK & Ireland, said: “There is an incredible rise in consumer interest for home improvement projects across the country, and people are coming to Houzz to find professionals for major projects such as home extensions and kitchen renovations, as well as for more modest outdoor improvements.”

In Cheshire and Greater Manchester home professionals saw a 243% increase in project leads during July.

Other counties that experienced significant year over year growth in demand for home professionals include Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater London (240%, 132% and 43%, respectively).

Within Greater London, the metro areas that saw the highest increase in demand include the boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow and Barnet and Camden (up by 166% and 80%).

Insights on the types of projects homeowners pursued in July speaks to a need for more usable space inside and outside the home.

Home extension projects more than quadrupled (331%), custom cabinetry enquiries tripled (263%), and garden design projects more than doubled (114%).