2020 was quite the year… Despite a global pandemic, homeowners spent more time and money on their homes as compared to previous years. In fact, according to our Reno Report, 2020 was actually a booming year for the home improvement industry. Let’s take a look at the top twelve most popular home improvement projects homeowners across Canada completed in 2020.
12. Trees, Shrubs and Hedges – Trim or Remove
In 2020 there was a big focus on outdoor projects, especially when it came to landscaping. Homeowners focused on beautifying their properties and spending more time in their own backyards. Having their shrubs and hedges trimmed and removing old trees is a great way to clean up the appearance of your outdoor space. Need to spruce up your green space? Be sure to hire a professional to carry out this project for you.
11. Electrical Switches, Outlets and Fixtures
Small projects can make a big difference. The tricky thing about small projects is that they’re not always easy. This is the case when it comes to any electrical project. While installing a new lighting fixture may seem like something you can do, you should always hire a pro. In fact, legally across Canada, it is your responsibility to only hire a licensed electrician to work on electrical projects. In addition, electricity can be dangerous to work with, so we always recommend hiring a pro.
10. Professional Moving Service
Moving was a very popular category this year and makes number 10 on our list. Whether you’re moving across the country or just a few blocks away, it’s important to plan your move. Part of your planning process should include finding a moving company you can trust. Be sure to read reviews and talk to the company before you hire them. Finding a great company to work with will make your move easier for everyone.
9. Interior Painting or Staining
We write a lot about the benefits of paint. It’s amazing how simply changing the colour on your walls can totally change the look and feel of your space. In addition to painting walls, paint can also be used on many other items in your home. From furniture to floors, there’s nothing a little paint can’t fix. In addition to painting, many homeowners also had staining projects done in 2020. Staining is a great option to revive your old deck, porch and fences. Not convinced? Speak to a painting professional about your project today to see what they can do for you.
8. Basement Renovation
It’s no surprise that homeowners were looking to take advantage of every inch of space in their homes this year. Whether it was a complete overhaul or just adding some finishing touches, basement renovations were at an all time high. Basements provide the extra space we need for family members, activities and storage. If you’ve been thinking about renovating your basement, now is the time to do it! Get quotes for this project today and start planning your own basement renovation.
7. Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom renovations are always popular, but in 2020, these renovations were necessary. Spending more time at home meant we noticed the things that didn’t work for us. This included awkward layouts, broken tiles and outdated appliances. Many homeowners took on bathroom renovations this year to not only improve the look of their bathrooms but also the functionality. If you haven’t already updated your bathroom, you’ll probably want to in 2021.
6. Faucets, Fixtures, Pipes
As so many homeowners were renovating their kitchens and bathrooms, installing plumbing fixtures was a popular task this year. Sometimes you don’t need to do a complete renovation and can just update your hardware. Installing a new faucet in your bathroom or kitchen can instantly upgrade the space. In addition, a new showerhead can make your bathroom feel like a spa. Connect with a plumber to put the finishing touches on your bathroom or kitchen.
5. Decks and Porches
As mentioned before, outdoor projects were at an all-time high this year. Many homeowners took to repairing their old and worn decks and porches. For homeowners who didn’t already have them, building new decks was a very popular project in 2020. While a lumber shortage put some projects on hold during the summer, homeowners were able to add these additions to their homes. Thinking about adding a deck or porch to your home next year? Get started early as pros will definitely be busy again with building decks in 2021!
4. Asphalt Shingle Roofing
While there are several roofing materials ideal for Canadian winters, asphalt shingles are always popular. This is due to their price point and durability. Homeowners across the country made sure to inspect their roofs and make the necessary repairs. Others updated their roofs and had new shingles installed. Whether you need to replace a few shingles or the whole roof, be sure to always hire licensed roofing professionals.
3. Air Ducts and Vents
From the safety of your home to the health of your family, there are so many benefits to cleaning your air ducts and vents. One major benefit of having your air ducts cleaned is that it removes any dirt, dust and debris from the system and the air you breathe. With such a focus on cleanliness this year, it’s no surprise that many homeowners focused on having their air ducts and vents cleaned.
2. Appliance Repair
Being at home more meant using items more often. Appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and even microwaves saw a lot more action over 2020. As a result, they broke down more often too. It shouldn’t be surprising that our number two most popular task was appliance repair this year. If you’re stuck with a broken down appliance, don’t wait another minute and hire a pro to fix it for you.
1. Wood Fence
Our number one most popular home improvement project of 2020 was wood fence installation! As we know, outdoor projects were very popular this year. Adding a fence to your property is beneficial for a number of reasons. Installing a fence on your property increases your curb appeal, ensures privacy and adds a sense of security for your family. It’s likely this project will continue to be very popular in 2021. Thinking about installing a wood fence of your own? Check out this article for pricing or get a quote now to start planning.
What do you think of this list? Did any projects surprise you? Let us know in the comments below and also share what projects you’re planning for 2021. Whether you need your bathroom fully renovated or just need to fix your microwave, there’s a pro on HomeStars to help you. Start planning your 2021 projects now to get a head start!