During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s extremely positive that the trade industry can continue operating in-line with health and safety and social distancing measures and be on hand to help with home improvements and any emergencies. However, with current government restrictions and the latest national lockdown, there may be a misconception that there could be some resistance in allowing someone to work within your home.
Two-thirds of Brits are happy to have tradespeople in their home
A new survey from Rated People and Vanarama, which asked 1000 UK adults about tradespeople, reveals that almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) said that they’d called out for a tradesperson last year, with 52% saying that by spending more time in the house had made them more aware of issues that needed fixing. It is positive to hear that over two-thirds of respondents (68%) said they were comfortable with tradespeople in their home during lockdown – trusting their professionalism and responsibility around guidelines.
The most in-demand trades in 2020
It turns out that people needed the most help with their plumbing (23%) and electrics (11%), likely due to these both being used much more than usual due to the rise in home working.
However, unlike the usual large-scale work, the survey indicates that most call-outs were responding to odd-jobs and quick fixes, with most consumers spending £100 or less. Price isn’t everything as only 12% of respondents would choose a tradesperson based on the amount they charge – while 70% are more likely to rely on positive word of mouth.
As a nation of DIY enthusiasts, it will come as no surprise that 20% of respondents admitted to a DIY faux pas that required the help of a tradesperson. While this won’t be bad news for the business that gets your SOS call, it might be worth considering taking a step back and considering whether it would have been more cost-effective to just get a professional involved from the get-go.
Acknowledging the importance of electricians and plumbers and heating engineer
At JTL, we recognise the pivotal role electricians and plumbing and heating engineers are playing during the current COVID-19 situation, and the difference trade professionals are making by continuing to provide the nation with essential services.
With the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions, trade professions have continued to adapt and do what they can to ensure they can carry on helping people with their home improvements and emergencies in the safest possible way. Throughout this uncertain period, it has been fantastic to witness their dedication to helping customers, as well as the amazing work that has been carried out, particularly when it comes to work directly impacting COVID-19 efforts.
Please refer to the latest government advice for safe working practises, which can be found here.