Whether it’s healthier home cooking, improving indoor air quality or reducing clutter and creating a more functional home space, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have more people focusing on adapting their homes to meet their needs and preferences.
The changes they are making range from the relatively simple like redecorating or adding new furniture to home renovations, according to a recent AHAM survey of U.S. and Canadian homeowners. Some of the changes people are making include:
- Purchasing new electronics (TV, computer, etc.)
- Upgrading major kitchen appliances
- Renovating or upgrading outdoor living space
- Upgrading home laundry appliances
- Renovating or creating a home office
- Purchasing or replacing countertop appliances
- Adding an exercise room/home gym
AHAM’s research found that many expect to continue their new habits after the pandemic, including cooking more meals at home, spending more time cleaning and tidying, shopping online and using major appliances more often.
The pandemic has people thinking about their health as well. A national survey by Parade and The Cleveland Clinic found that 62% of respondents reported adopting a healthy lifestyle change since the start of the pandemic. The percentage (78%) was even higher among 18-34-year-olds. It is one of the positive outcomes of a challenging time, and hopefully, one that continues.
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