Americans shifting travel and commuting budgets to home repairs during pandemic

There’s no place like home in 2020 – and Americans who are spending more time in the house continue to invest in their living spaces during the pandemic.

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020, according to a new State of Home Spending: 2020 report by HomeAdvisor, a marketplace that lets people find and vet home service professionals.

Home improvement spending amounted to an average of $8,305, while home maintenance spending totaled $3,192 and spending on at-home emergency projects like leaking pipes or flooding came to $1,640, the survey suggests. The average homeowner also upped their home projects to 11 this year, up from 8.1 in 2019 — a 23% increase.

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020. (iStock).

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average

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Naples Art & Design Expo opens Nov. 19

The delayed Naples Art & Design Expo opens Thursday, Nov. 19, a double-hinged door to the importance of its L-shaped neighborhood behind Naples Boulevard: 

  • There is a vendor or manufacturer for nearly every aspect of home design — upholstery, stone,  furniture, draperies and cabinetry — inside the busy buildings in the boxy district behind Naples Boulevard.  
  • Similarly, the art studios that nestle against the design trade businesses hold everything from glass sculpture to classical portraits to small ceramics, dyed fabrics and wall-gulping abstracts.

With the same ingenuity that married peanut butter and chocolate into a candy bar, commerce and art have collaborated for three days of open houses and demonstrations. Their mission: To bring people a sense of the entire aesthetic of home design. Two specific workshops on Friday, Nov. 20, demonstrate ways of pairing art and furnishings (see information box for times locations and free registration instructions). 

Small art

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PayPal and Queer Eye Celebrity Designer Bobby Berk Help Millennials & Gen-Z Cope with Life at Home | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PayPal announced today they are partnering with Queer Eye’s home design expert, Bobby Berk, to help Americans confined at home find new ways to configure their space and plan for the holidays. In a new “Berking from Home” content series launching today, Berk unveils design solutions, product recommendations and how to budget responsibly for common household challenges like homeschooling the kids, self-care, remote working, and bringing joy into the holidays at home this year.

New research, conducted by PayPal, reveals that consumers are struggling as they share spaces with family and housemates in new ways amidst the ongoing pandemic. The survey found 27 percent of millennials and Gen-Z now work from their bedrooms, and nearly a quarter work from their living rooms, likely leaving limited room for relaxation, fitness, or communal space. More than one in three people who work

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unbelievable (and hilarious) home fails


These ridiculous design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, low standards and inexplicable additions to rooms. So, take a deep breath before you click or scroll through our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails…



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