Seventy percent of homeowners of about 1,000 recently surveyed say they have delayed home repairs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Sears Home Services. Some consider those home repairs “critical,” too. Furthermore, nearly 60% of homeowners surveyed say they felt it’s acceptable to put off critical home repairs in the pandemic.
Many homeowners may be delaying home repairs due to their finances, the survey finds. Homeowners under financial stress are the most likely to report postponing repairs to broken appliances (34%), water damage (31%), electrical issues (30%), and roof repairs (29%), according to the survey. These postponed repairs, however, could result in pricier fixes later on or even dangers, researchers warn.
The following charts show the most common home repairs postponed and the top 15 home repairs completed during the pandemic.
“Keeping Up With Home Repairs During a Pandemic,” Sears Home Services (2021)