Brits spending an extra eight hours a day at home due to coronavirus

Brits ‘love their home more than ever’ spending an extra eight hours a day in it due to coronavirus

9/28/2020 3:43:00 PM

Brits ‘love their home more than ever’ spending an extra eight hours a day in it due to coronavirus

BRITS love their home “more than ever” – after spending an extra EIGHT hours a day in it during recent months. A study of 2,000 adults found that before the pandemic, just nine ho…

20. ArtworkDuncan Chamberlain, managing director of Yale Retail UK, which commissioned the research ahead of National Home Security Month, said: “Many people no longer see their home as just the place to sleep and eat as so many are spending more waking hours in their homes than ever.

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“As a result, the findings have shown millions across the country have fallen a little bit more in love with their homes – finding appreciation in the little things they wouldn’t usually.“With this extra appreciation for our homes, it’s more important than ever to keep our homes and possessions safe and secure.

“As more people are investing in creating a home they love, homeowners should consider also investing in home security to protect their property.”But the study found that, despite loving their home, one in ten don't feel completely safe and secure in it, causing 33% to improve security over the past few months.

Replacing windows or doors, replacing door locks and fitting a smart alarm system were the top security upgrades made during lockdown.Nearly four in ten (38%) also feel more protective of their home due to spending more time in it than usual.However, 37% admitted they have found it harder to relax at home due to it

now becoming their workspace.And 38% now make more effort to get out and about on the weekends to have a break from being at home.It also emerged 58% of adults would say they are a homebody, although 29% see where they live as a house rather than a "home".

Almost half (49%) think their house represents their personality, with 63% having painted a room, given their garden a makeover or created a home office.The findings, carried out via OnePoll, also revealed the top 20 things which make a house a home, including sleeping in your own bed, family photos and a fridge full of food, alongside having a "place" on the sofa.

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DOWN AND OUTBarclays online banking down leaving customers locked out of accountsDuncan Chamberlain, from Yale, added: “With anything you love, you obviously want to protect it.“Spending more time at home – you’re naturally going to notice things you hadn’t before and with so many making changes and upgrades to their home, people will always want to feel safe and protected.

“Ahead of National Home Security Month we commissioned this research as a celebration of home, while also drawing attention to the importance of thinking about the safety of it.”Michael Gove confirms 'change of emphasis' on govt's working from home guidance in new coronavirus strategy

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