Survey: Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels Are Top Pandemic Projects

See how U.S. homeowners have been choosing to update their homes.

Kitchen and bathroom remodels have been the most popular home renovation choices since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by The Hanover Insurance Group. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Hanover, polled 2,000 U.S. adults.

Seventy percent of survey responders said they underwent a major life change during that time, such as adopting a pet, renovating a home, buying a vehicle, moving or starting a business. Roughly 13 percent said they renovated a home, but didn’t specify if they did it themselves, hired contractors or combined both.

Here were the most popular home improvement projects, according to survey responders:

  • Kitchen or bathroom remodel;
  • A work-from-home space addition;
  • Roof or siding replacement;
  • Deck or patio addition;
  • Finishing the basement.

Being a home insurance agency, much of the focus of Hanover’s study centered around insurance findings. Hanover noted 68 percent of responders “did not know making changes, such as adding pools, trampolines or pets could require changes to their home insurance policies.” Also, 77 percent were “unaware homes above a certain price point may need special insurance coverage.”

Home improvement surged in popularity in 2020 as people were forced to spend more time at home to slow the spread of COVID-19. That extra time encouraged many homeowners to renovate their home themselves or hire professionals to upgrade it for them. Those trends appear likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

The real estate market has seen saw a drastic shift since March 2020, with home prices soaring to record highs. Many homeowners capitalized on increased demand and a shortage of available homes for sale.

A recent survey by DeWalt concluded more U.S. homeowners are choosing home improvement over moving, noting that more than seven out of ten homeowners are planning or considering home improvement projects in the next half of 2021. Sixty-four percent of homeowners surveyed are planning projects costing more than $10,000, with 28 percent expecting that figure to exceed $30,000.

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Alex Shoemaker
Alex is an avid DIYer but had little experience before purchasing his first home in 2019. A Family Handyman subscription was one of his first purchases after becoming a homeowner, and he's been hooked ever since. When he’s not working, he can be found fixing up his 1940s Florida home or relaxing on the beach with his family.