92% of homeowners are happy for building work to continue in their homes or on their building sites providing social distancing can be adhered to, Homebuilding.co.uk research shows.
Self build and renovation work in England is generally being interpreted as acceptable under current government regulations, as long as social distancing is implemented and work sites are safe.
The government has published guidelines for tradespeople working in homes or building sites, and all construction workers need to adhere to these hygiene and safety measures..
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In a survey sent out to people who had registered to attend a Homebuilding & Renovating Show, just over nine in 10 said they were content for their building work to continue.
Additionally, 94% of the 651 respondents said that despite the disruption caused by Covid-19 lockdown, they are still planning to start or continue a homebuilding project within the next 12 months. Around 85% said they are still doing research for their project in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.
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Which Companies Are Available?
One of the notable problems respondents have faced is contacting companies, which could be explained by fewer staff being available and more staff working from home.
A total of 59% said they found it difficult to connect with companies they require for their project, while 79% said they would like a central platform to get informed.
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Finding companies can indeed be hard during lockdown, so Homebuilding & Renovating has been compiling a list of all the companies offering special services to customers during lockdown.
Another important finding from the survey was that 74% said their budgets for their next projects had been largely unaffected thus far by the Covid-19 crisis.
These respondents were largely content to continue planning during lockdown and ride out the as yet unknown economic impact of the pandemic on the homebuilding sector.
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