These Are the Most Popular Pandemic DIY Home Projects

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When lockdown began in March 2020, we all had no choice but to spend A LOT of time at home. And while many people developed new hobbies throughout the pandemic, they also took to revamping their environment with major renovations projects — whether out of necessity to make a space more functional or just because they wanted a change of environment.

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But what types of projects, specifically, did people tackle? Well, home website Angi decided to find out.

According to a survey of 1,000 homeowners, interior projects were the most popular form of home renovation over the last year and a half, with 31% of respondents reporting that they've either painted, updated their flooring, or switched up their decor.

More specifically, 23% of respondents noted that they updated one of their living spaces (either the living room, bedroom, or office). And a further 23% reported that they also updated their closet or storage space — probably to become a little more organized.

Just 18% tackled a kitchen or bathroom remodel, which are typically more expensive renovation projects, while 15% worked on their garage, basement, or attic.

But it's not all about interiors: 25% of survey respondents also worked on landscaping, which is unsurprising given how outdoor entertaining has risen in popularity. Another 15% worked on the exterior of their homes, including siding, roofing, windows and doors.

Needless to say, it's been a pretty busy time for the home renovation business.

Curious to know what else Angi found out? Read the full results of the survey here, which includes the most common DIY mistakes, how much money pandemic renovations cost, and whether or not homeowners hired a pro to help them out.

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Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.