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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On Bringing The Joys Of Travel Home

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have not only dramatically altered travel across the globe, they’ve also sparked interest in rethinking the design of the personal spaces where people are now spending more of their time.

Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID, a principal of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors in Bedford, New York, is an award-winning architect and interior designer. Her extensive portfolio of luxury places to live, work and play are notable for their creative integration of site, form, structure and materials. 

An avid traveler herself, Carol is a highly sought-after speaker, always offering fresh insights on architecture, interior design trends and sustainability. 

Forbes.com spoke to Carol Kurth about the shifts she’s seeing in her industry, how travel can inspire architecture and interior design, and the creative ways—large and small—travel enthusiasts can

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