DIY Projects Soar in 2020 as Holidays on Hold Due to Coronavirus

04/09/2020
by Ryan Lees


Our latest research shows that popular searches around ‘Home Improvement' & 'DIY’ almost doubled in January to July 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.

At the same time, searches for holidays more than halved as the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent quarantine rules made it hard for UK residents to travel abroad.


Amongst the findings there was also a number of interesting stats and comparisons which highlight the nations switch from getting away to getting on their overalls and giving their home a makeover:


  • Google searches for ‘pub shed’ increased the most from last year from the list of keywords that we analysed. Searches for that phrase quadrupled in volume as Brits chose to try and replicate their favourite local or perhaps tried to recreate a traditional holiday beach bar


  • Another big change was for ‘diy garden ideas’ which had almost 3x as many searches in Jan-Jul 2020 than in 2019 - perhaps due to the warm weather we’ve been enjoying too


  • Holiday search data does not exclude UK holiday searches, showing that the lockdown loosening in July wasn’t enough to boost holiday searches up to 2019 levels


  • Perhaps expectedly, ‘late’ or ‘last minute holiday’ Google searches nosedived as holidaymakers became ever more cautious during changes to lockdown restrictions


See full raw data below:


Jan-Jul 2019

Jan-Jul 2020

Home Improvement & DIY

Avg. Monthly Search Volume

Home Improvement & DIY

Avg. Monthly Search Volume

home improvement

9,900

home improvement

12,100

diy garden ideas

2,400

diy garden ideas

8,100

home renovation

1,600

pub shed

4,400

diy projects

1,000

diy projects

2,900

pub shed

1,000

wood pallet ideas

2,900

diy ideas

720

diy ideas

2,400

how to build extension

720

home renovation

2,400

wood pallet ideas

720

build a garden bar

1,000

home improvement ideas

480

how to build extension

880

build a garden bar

170

home improvement ideas

720

Total

18,710

Total

37,800

Booking a Holiday

Avg. Monthly Search Volume

Home Improvement & DIY

Avg. Monthly Search Volume

holiday late deals

40,500

late minute deals

22,200

late minute deals

40,500

book holiday

18,100

last minute deals on hotels

27,100

flight and hotel

9,900

book holiday

18,100

holiday late deals

8,100

flight and hotel

18,100

last minute deals on hotels

5,400

low deposit holidays

6,600

no deposit holidays

4,400

cheap flight and hotel

5,400

low deposit holidays

3,600

search for holidays

5,400

cheap flight and hotel

2,400

flight and hotel deal

4,400

flight and hotel deal

2,400

no deposit holidays

4,400

search for holidays

2,400

Total

170,500

Total

78,900


The data is from Google’s Keyword Planner Tool for January 2019 - July 2020 vs the same time period in 2019


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