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Kitchen refits are in big demand.

Home improvements on the rise

Onlinetradesmen.ie, a well- recognised source of qualified trade professionals, last year processed more than 59,000 jobs across 130 home improvement categories, with a cumulative value of €230 million to the Irish construction sector.

The results demonstrate a continued improvement in the Irish home improvement sector since 2012, according to Ted Laverty. CEO of Onlinetradesmen.ie.

The company experienced a 28% increase in jobs submitted by property owners seeking qualified tradesmen. The most significant demand was for kitchen re-fit projects, with handyman jobs and interior painting also high on the agenda for property owners.

“We continue to see significant growth in the sector as a whole after a number of difficult years. There has been an increase in demand across nearly all project types in 2014, from home extensions to smaller projects and repair jobs. An improved economy which has impacted on consumer confidence, and the government’s Home Renovation Incentive
scheme have all contributed to the growth,” he said.

Some of the key home improvement increases during 2014:

* Building and renovation jobs – +16%

* Electrical jobs – +23%

* Handyman jobs – +35%

* Kitchen refits -+36.75%

* Interior Painting Jobs – +31%

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