Will the coronavirus lead to more extensions?

Will the coronavirus lead to more extensions?

The increase in people working from home due to coronavirus could lead to a surge in house extension jobs for builders, once the lockdown comes to an end and the trades can go back to work.

Modular housebuilder Built & Spaces has seen a rise in online searches for extensions, garden rooms, home offices and annexes, and it is thought to be a result of people realising they need more space now they are working from home.

Although this won’t have an impact on the building trades under the current lockdown conditions, it could be good news once building work starts up properly.

Steve Wilkie, director of Built & Spaces, said: “We’re seeing interest in house extensions rocketing as more and more people work from home — enquiries were up 20 per cent last week. People are asking about home offices, garden rooms, granny annexes, extensions and pool rooms.
“People are suddenly working from home, looking around and they’re thinking, ‘I need more space.’ Home-owners might have been thinking about extending their house for years, but now they’ve got time to do something about it.”

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