Posted on August 19, 2020 by DIY Doctor: Since we’re tied to our homes and gardens (if we’re lucky enough to have them) during the lockdown, banks and credit card companies have been wiping out what we’ve spent our money on, or intend to spend this year The House Bar in the Garden – Image with permission From shedblog.co.uk According to a survey by American Express, we have spent more than £ 100 on our gardens, which is the equivalent of £ 3.7 billion spent across the UK. Our outdoor spaces have resulted in increased spending as well as spending more time outdoors, with nearly half of AmEx participants enjoying a garden (49%) as a space to relax or meet safely with friends and family (20%). Perhaps not surprisingly, 62% admitted they spent more time in their garden or outdoor space this year compared to 2019, with one in seven people (14%) spending time and money redesigning their garden or outdoor space during the lockdown, with 12% participating. Pictures of their promotions on social media. Let’s face it, a lot of people now think that if it weren’t photographed and shared on social media, it really wouldn’t. Also if you have gone through all these problems and expenses then it is a good idea to share it with your closest and dearest, sometimes this can only be done digitally right now. Research by the digital bank Zopa found that 2020 will continue to be a successful year for home improvement, with 43% of households turning their hands to DIY during the lockdown and 44% planning by the end of the year. They found that Brits are making improvements to their homes this year with an average spend of £ 3,169 in the whole of 2020, up 13% compared to last year. Families have time to transition into premium work (35%), boredom of their surroundings (24%) and realize the importance of outdoor spaces (20%). The largest number of people surveyed by American Express have bought outdoor plants, spending an average of £ 36, with seeds and fertilizer as other common purchases. The biggest spending was on garden furniture and garden equipment, with barbecue and garden games entering as other competitors, and they found that neighbors spread their love for gardening as well, and 15% said they received a home grown plant or fruit and vegetables from someone they know during the lockdown. There’s no doubt we’ve all seen signs with garden and plant products for sale or even asking people to help themselves with surplus fruit and vegetables, and another survey, conducted by Barclay Card, showed that home improvement and DIY spending rose 27.1 percent year on year, this time they were They combine home and garden renovations in their own personalities. Although restrictions have been lifted and offices are starting to reopen, 12% said they plan to work from home more in the future, so they want to improve their working conditions. The top decorations for improving workspaces were buying new factories (72%), new seats (69%), a new office (64%) and better broadband (63%). Home entertainment is also high on the agenda this year, according to Zopa, more than one in ten (12%) plan to use their garden for more entertainment. With access to pubs and bars restricted, 8% of those surveyed built their own bars in homes or gardens via closures, spending an average of £ 1,500 on the process. Competition of the year. Check out our shortlist and vote here. Corrugated Metal Garden Tape – Image courtesy of shedblog.co.uk So if all this inspires you to get started, or keep checking our tools in our online tool store, cheers!