No place like home: with vacations on hold, Americans putting money into DIY projects


(NEW YORK) — With millions of Americans waiving off vacations this year, a new survey shows they’ve been funneling money that would have gone to going someplace, into the place they’ve been spending the most time: home. 

A new survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned by the lock company Schlage reports the average American has diverted $1,500 that would have gone to vacations, to home projects. 

Fifty-three percent say they’ve done some home improvements since the pandemic started, and the average person says they have four projects yet to do by year’s end. 

Most of those projects are aimed at making the most of their living space. The average homeowner polled says they’ve created multi-functional spaces in their homes.  Three in 10 say they’ve gotten their home theater off the ground, 32% built a new eating space for more of a “restaurant vibe,” 30% have built a home gym, and 29% have created a home office in their homes since the pandemic started. 

With these changes in mind, seven in ten now say they love their home more than ever, the survey found.

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