DIY Searches on the Rise During Lockdown
May 14, 2020
With most people staying home and running out of things to keep them occupied under the ‘lockdown’, it is no surprise that many are resorting to getting those DIY jobs done that they may have been putting off for a while.
In most cases, we, of course, recommend that anyone undertaking DIY at home – from putting up shelves to fully re-decorating a room or two – should seek professional advice before embarking on their quest to ensure they are doing it as safely as possible and minimising the risk of injury or potential further damage to their property. Simple tasks like putting up shelves, become not so simple if you accidentally drill into an electrical cable that you didn’t know was there, for example.
According to the stats, the Google searches for various DIY terms have risen by a significant amount compared to this time last year. Here are some examples below:
Top 10 DIY Searches on Google – April 2020
|Position||Search Term ‘How to…’||Increase in searches on Google since last year
(compared to April 2019)
|1||Tile around a window||+7,300%|
|3||Change a light fixture||+6,300%|
|4||Remove mould from walls||+4,700%|
|5||Fit an electric shower||+4,300%|
|6||Make a fire pit||+3,900%|
|7||Remove skirting boards||+3,800%|
|8||Paint kitchen cupboards||+3,500%|
|10||Slate a roof||+95%|
How Can Businesses Benefit from These Google Search DIY Stats?
The interesting thing that these figures highlight, is that it provides a list of the most desirable home improvement tasks that many people are wanting to get done in 2020. If you are a professional who specialises in any of the above, you may wish to consider implementing these terms into any marketing communications that you are planning, to re-launch your services once the lockdown eases.
For some people, the above list of DIY jobs may be achievable. But for many, it is likely that they will still be in need of professional help for the tasks which require a higher level of skill and knowledge – especially where the jobs entail a level of ‘danger’ and that require a health and safety risk assessment at the very least.
Support a Local Tradesperson
Another thing to consider if you are an ‘amateur’ DIY-er, is that if a job seems a bit too complicated and you are unsure of finishing it to a high standard yourself, why not support a local tradesperson on their return to work after lockdown by postponing the task until they are able to come and help? This may be safer for you and will also help to support a local business.
Get Your Building Supplies from strukta
Whether you are making your first time DIY attempt, you are an experienced DIY pro or you are a tradesperson, you can contact strukta for your supplies.
Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team are here to help get you what you need, as soon as possible. You can request a catalogue via our website and browse our vast range of building materials and equipment, and order over the phone on 033 33 21 00 13. Some of our stores are re-opened for collection, or you can request delivery to your chosen address.