DIY Unknowns: UK Most Googled Questions During The Home Renovation Boom

Lockdown gave us more time at home than ever before. For many, this caused us to get home-renovation happy- from building a large-scale extension to redecorating or switching up our home décor.

In fact, DIY-related searches on Google increased by a total of 14% between the years of 2019-21. This not only shows an increase in demand, but it also shows that no matter how handy we think we are, we’re still relying on Google to solve our DIY problems for us.

We looked at search data across the years of 2019-21 to uncover the most popular home DIY queries that we asked Google.

The top 15 most searched for DIY queries of 2020-21

First on the list, is how to bleed a radiator with a total of 503,730 searches between 2020-21. While this task is something that experts advise you to do annually, it seems that many took last year’s winter lockdown as a chance to catch up on those annual radiator bleeds.

With autumn and winter just around the corner, searches for how to bleed a radiator are expected to increase further in the coming months.

KeywordAug 2020 – Jul 2021Aug 2019 – Jul 2021
1how to bleed a radiator503,730378,790
2how to fix a dripping tap216,720198,890
3how to unblock shower drain170,580169,610
4how to read electric meter163,920112,140
5how to unblock a drain 129,500119,700
6how to read gas meter123,47098,190
7laying laminate flooring84,53070,390
8how to hang a door51,34048,410
9how to put up a curtain pole50,62042,640
10how to change a light bulb48,88039,220
11how to read a smart electric meter40,74030,160
12how to hang pictures without nails27,58025,360
13how to put up wallpaper15,38016,770
14how to read a smart gas meter6,26824,800
15how to change a tap washer2,84332,200

Other seemingly simple queries also made the list with ‘how to read an electric meter’ taking the fourth spot with close to 164,000 searches. This is something that many of us do per quarter and yet searches for how to do this increased by 25,280 from 2019.

Close to 50,000 people also searched Google for ‘how to change a lightbulb’ in 2021- an increase of 25% of searches from that seen in 2019.

If you’re still a work-in-progress when it comes to DIY- whether this be the big stuff like unblocking your shower drain, or the small stuff like changing a light bulb then don’t worry you’re not alone! For any big jobs, don’t be afraid to consult an expert to help you out and alleviate the stress. And if in doubt, Google will have your back when it comes to answering your FAQ’s.

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