Outdoor Renovations Top Task This Summer

Outdoor renovations remained popular this summer with pools taking the top spot when looking at year-over-year increases in service requests, says HomeStars. Pool related tasks had an increase of 177 per cent in July over July 2019. For those without pools, water features were popular, with a 500 per cent increase in service requests for pool-related tasks compared to last summer. With most of Ontario in phase three for COVID-19 re-openings, homeowners are starting to have more confidence with interior renovations. Brick or stone fireplace installation requests were up 900 per cent and gas fireplace requests were up 500 per cent over last year, as preparation begins for the colder months. Ontario was the only market that submitted service requests for home office renovations, which saw an 83 per cent increase in July compared to July of last year. Other popular requests included raising concrete foundations, installing generators, and carpet or rug dyeing.