Editorial: Perfect time for DIY enthusiasts | opinion

Since the pandemic started more than a year ago, home improvement projects have increased and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, according to several local companies.

According to researchers at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, total home improvement and repair spending rose an estimated 3% nationwide last year to $ 419 billion, despite an overall slowdown in the U.S. economy.

Online home remodeling platform Houzz reports that in June 2020 demand for kitchen and bathroom remodeling increased 40% year over year, while new additions increased 52% and fence projects increased 166% have risen.

This makes perfect sense as the pandemic has pushed us to spend time in our homes like never before. It became the focus of our lives and we noticed ways we could make updates and improvements.

According to Home Advisor, the most popular projects of the past year included:

Ace Hardware’s Bill Weed said with the number of people who came in to buy paint in the past year, Cody would have been painted at least twice.

In this edition of the paper, you’ll find our Home and Garden section with information on various projects and advertisements from companies that can help you.

With a little research, you might find the perfect project to add value to your home.

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