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Home Owners Spending 32% More On Home Improvements This Christmas

Painting and decorating, kitchens and bathroom renovations are most popular pre-Christmas projects

DUBLIN, Ireland - Dec. 11, 2016 - TelAve -- Figures released today from leading home services marketplace OnlineTradesmen.ie reveal Irish home owners have increased spending on pre-Christmas home improvements in 2016. It reports an increase of 32% in home improvement projects submitted by home owners on the service in the 4th Quarter 2016.

The figures also reveal that the average project spend this Christmas is €4,100, a 19% year-on-year increase.

The figures compare like-for-like home improvement projects in the lead up to the Christmas period over the last 2 years across over 30 main project types. The highlights include:
32% overall increase in Pre-Christmas Projects in 2016 compared to 2015 – Painting and decorating, kitchen refits and bathroom renovations are most popular jobs; 49% increase in domestic painting and decorating jobs; 42% increase in kitchen refit jobs; 36% increase in bathroom refurbishment jobs; €4,100 Average Spend Per Project; 19% Year-On-Year Project Spend Increase.
"Our figures reveal both the continuing growth of the home improvement sector and the influence of the Christmas period for getting things done in the home," comments Ted Laverty, CEO, OnlineTradesmen.ie. "Since 2007 we have always seen a demand for Home improvements in the lead up to Christmas. It's likely down to the extended time families spend at home together over the break, or due to the impending visit of family and friends over the holidays. Regardless of the reasons, the year-on-year increase for projects this year has been unprecedented. Many tradesmen have been booked for months in advance for jobs which is a welcome change from 3 years ago."

About Onlinetradesmen.ie

Launched in 2006, OnlineTradesmen.ie is Ireland's largest online source of qualified tradesmen and builders for home owners. It enables home owners to submit home improvement and repair jobs to get free quotes back from qualified and rated trade professionals anywhere in Ireland. To date the service has processed more than 850,000 projects from property owners and has thousands of qualified tradesmen members.
OnlineTradesmen.ie is the only standards-based service of its kind and has worked with the main regulatory and accreditation bodies across all sectors to ensure the qualifications of its members.

The OnlineTradesmen.ie service provides its Tradesmen members with a web-based job leads system to help them win work in their area in addition to tools to help them promote and run their businesses.

OnlineTradesmen.ie also owns and operates the online tool and hardware retailer, Handyhardware.ie

Source: Onlinetradesmen

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