27 Feb 2023
The UK is keen for home improvements right now, but which trade is most in demand?
Following the Covid pandemic, the UK experienced a boom in home improvements. Tradespeople were offered more work than ever, from decorating and renovation projects to full-scale extensions and conversions. Two years later and in 2022, the home improvements sector is still going strong. But what trades are in most demand? Let’s take a closer look.
According to a study, there are more than half a million online searches for local tradespeople in the UK.
This highlights how, despite the current cost of living crisis and economic downturn, homeowners are still using their finances to fund home improvements.
So which are the most sought after tradespeople?
Many traders are still experiencing have experienced high demand in 2023. This list includes both skilled and semi-skilled trades, with both large-scale projects and smaller jobs taken into account.
In 2022/23, almost all tradespeople expect their costs to increase. With increases in fuel costs causing material prices to skyrocket, traders are having to pass on the increased costs to their customers to stay profitable. At the moment, these increased costs are being generally viewed as necessary by both traders and consumers.
Consumers have a desire to cut costs and are carrying out home improvements to do just this. Although the initial cost of a new boiler or new windows and doors, for example, may be a significant financial outlay, in the long run, potentially huge savings could be made because of the associated reduction in heating bills.
A recent survey by the Property Reporter suggested that 72% of UK homeowners want to make their homes more efficient. Furthermore, 42% of UK homeowners stated that they are actually planning to carry out energy saving home improvements before the end of 2023.
Trades today are taking advantage of this boom in demand for more energy efficient homes. Some of the most in-demand green home improvements include:
These energy efficient home improvements are mainly jobs which require a highly skilled professional to complete. With the UK government’s current drive to go carbon neutral by 2050, tradespeople working in these areas look set to have a steady stream of ongoing work for the foreseeable future.
At The CPA, we manage a database of professional traders across the home improvements and wider construction industry. All our members are full vetted to ensure that we only endorse the best tradespeople. To find out more about The CPA, get in touch today. For more information about using a CPA trader for you next home improvement project or to find out how to become a CPA trader call 01462 850 064 or contact us online.