The world as we know it might have changed since the pandemic, but people’s plans to build or improve their homes are still going strong. A recent survey conducted by the Homebuilding & Renovating Show indicates that 94 per cent of the respondents are continuing with their projects in the next 12 months, and 92 per cent are happy for work to take place in their properties, even with social distancing.
During lockdown, 86 per cent of the self-builders and renovators asked are continuing to research their projects, while more than half (60 per cent) of people’s budgets are protected, with 35 per cent only seeing a very minor decrease.
The show organisers also received confirmation from 80 per cent of the audience that there is interest in seeing a virtual event or webinar series online. In light of this, for the first time ever, the Virtual Homebuilding & Renovating Summer Show will be taking place online from 24-25 July 2020, offering a full two-day experience to undeterred people who want to improve their living conditions.
Online visitors will be able to discover the products and services required to start a project from the comfort of their own home, with no travel time. From small plots to big builds, the virtual event is the place to pick up tools and tips and collect all the insights needed.
Nick Noble, commercial and events director at Future plc, says: “65,000 people registered for our spring events which were due to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, SEC, Glasgow and Sandown Park in Surrey, showing a huge appetite to be inspired and plan a project no matter what. We’re adapting our event concept to meet this demand as it is vital for our audience to continue having access to expert advice and inspiration for their home project, so we’re making our shows easy for people to enjoy, with no travel, risks or cost.”
People who sign up to attend virtually will be met with a variety of content. The Exhibition Hall is the space where people can browse easily by category, exploring exhibitors from renewable energy, windows and doors, kitchens, flooring, lighting and package homes. They will be able to ask questions, download brochures and arrange meetings with the full range of companies attending the show or simply leave contact details for a call back.
For tips and advice from impartial specialists, no matter the type of project, consumers can attend the Seminar Theatre, where information ranging from a beginner’s guide to building your own home to kitchen and bathroom design masterclass will be available. Key self-builders and renovators in the industry will join forces to share knowledge and tricks on how to avoid common pitfalls, as well as showcase inspiring projects.
Topics such as building systems to heating, interiors and renewable energy will be covered by the best suppliers on the show as part of the Masterclass Theatre. These 15-minute sessions will combine video content on products and services with live talks from specialist brands.
The Land Hub, introduced by Plotfinder and Potton, is where people can learn about finding and buying a building plot in bite size sessions.
For an up close and personal consultation with the planners, architects and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine writers, visitors are encouraged to peruse the Expert Panel section, where property specialists including Michael Holmes and Jason Orme will be ready to share their project experiences.
To witness the full experience, register for free via this website https://homebuildingshow.vfairs.com/ and log back in during the show dates.
The virtual show will be available to watch and browse on a phone, laptop, desktop or tablet. The online platform is accessible throughout the live days of 24 – 25 July 2020 and for four weeks afterwards. Visit the FAQ section for more details: https://homebuildingshow.vfairs.com/en/#faq.