Why We're Staying At Home More

Are you spending more time at home these days? More than two-thirds of Americans are staying home more now than two years ago, according to new research. A survey of 2-thousand conducted by OnePoll on behalf of TruGreen finds the economy may be to blame, as 69% of respondents say they’re staying home because of inflation.

The poll also reveals:

  • With all that time around the house, many people are making home improvements to their yards (36%), their kitchens (30%) and living rooms (29%).
  • Beyond the DIY projects, respondents say they spend 50 hours maintaining their lawn, 42 hours taking care of their kitchen, 27 hours on their dining room and 33 hours on their home gym every year.
  • Instead of doing all of that, people would rather spend that time with family and friends (49%), be outdoors (36%) or reading a book (33%).
  • When having trouble with a DIY project, the average respondent gives up and calls a professional after two attempts, spending no longer than six hours on it.
  • There are some maintenance chores people would rather handle themselves and mowing the lawn is the top choice for 63%. The average respondent spends about four hours a month maintaining it and spends an average of $880 a year on lawn maintenance.
  • But on the flip side, 68% of those surveyed say sometimes it’s better to hire a professional because pros know what they’re doing better than they do, or because they don’t have the equipment or materials needed (35%) or because they just don’t have the time (23%).

Source: SWNS Digital

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