Home Improvement   Market Research

The home improvement and DIY sector is buoyant but in a state of flux, with market disrupters challenging the status quo.   Some of the traditional 'giants' in the DIY industry  have been struggling to keep up with evolving consumer tastes and channel behaviour. Combined with    the increased confidence  of the  homeowner to get involved in  product purchase,    many  retailers and brands in the supply chain are understandably  seeking greater clarity on the size and dynamics of the home improvement market. 

 

The average house renovator  now spends £5,000  on a 'whole room'  project - from the Dream Room to the Simple Maintenance or Weekend project.   Intenders or consumers still at the planning stage typically expect to spend less on product and installation than often proves to be the case. With many UK households now choosing to  "improve, don't move", that equates to a  very lucrative slice of cake for  home improvement brands to  target.

 We work with bathroom, kitchen, heating, appliance, roofing and   flooring brands to help them understand consumer trends, test new product developments and gauge installer preferences.   Retailers, trade merchants and retail showrooms also ask us to shine a light on the step-by-step purchasing journey  market statistics   and help them ensure that they are meeting the needs of all their customers. 

Our home improvement research  experience 

We've worked with brands and suppliers in the home improvement  and DIY sector for many years and struggle to believe there are others with more rounded experience.

 

We've worked with leading sanitaryware, brassware and shower brands, as well as kitchen furniture, flooring and appliance suppliers, providing us with an enviable knowledge base in this market.

Using this unique experience, we have developed  bespoke   research methodologies  that enable us to extract  better insight than 'standard'  research tools.  This includes   our  'In the Moment' Tool  for following consumers in the  middle of a home improvement project, and a range of fresh ways to engage tradespeople and gain in-depth  feedback.

 

Whether it's installers, builders, heating engineers, plumbers,  roofers, contractors, architects, specifiers, M&E's, or retail consumers ... we've recruited, moderated, interviewed, shopped and drawn valuable insight from all of them.

Our  home improvement market research techniques include:

  • Online surveys and consultations

  • Telephone interviewing 

  • Face to face for more detailed stakeholder interviews

  • Focus groups   -   face to face and online or virtual 

  • Self completion  methods, including SMS, POS, self-serve terminals

  • Ethnographic   in-depth research

  • Mystery  shopping

  • In-the-moment panels

Snapshots    of our recent home improvement research

1. Review of  current home improvement market

Growing category analysis with  homeowners and tradespeople

Our client, a leader in the product category was seeking to gain an up-to-date review of the current market to  deliver a strong evidence base to the development of its strategic and tactical plans.

We  developed a qualitative and quantitative  approach, speaking with homeowners currently engaged with a specific project and tradespeople with a direct interest in the product    category.

The resulting detailed analysis provided this client with a segmentation of the trade audience, allowing them to target marketing efforts appropriately dependent upon their own  specific direction of travel.

2. Deep dive into the tradesperson and homeowner   dynamic

Everything you ever wanted to know about the tradesperson / consumer relationship

We have been tracking the changing dynamic and responsibility boundaries between homeowners and trade installers for sometime now and this  client wished to  explore this in greater  detail to feed into critical future business  planning.

We developed a  large qualitative and quantitative research study  which included an online community, focus groups, virtual groups and two  significant  consultations that delivered  results above and beyond what had been forecast.

This  study delved into the minutiae at a  product level as well as taking a holistic approach and delivering top level insight for SMT.

 
 

Free research reports in the home improvement  sector

Homeowners need trusted tradespeople for a wide range of maintenance and improvement jobs.

 

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Eureka! Research has conducted an exclusive survey with nearly 1,000 UK homeowners to better understand consumer sentiment to smart tech and where they would turn for advice about installation. 

 

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What do our  home improvement    clients say about  us?

Franke

"We have worked with Dave and Richard on a number of important strategic and tactical studies and highly recommend them as the experts operating in our sector.

 

Down to earth, easy to work with, they are key partners and an excellent source for understanding more about the wider kitchen and homeware sector.

 

We have undertaken consumer, tradesperson and   supplier research through a number of methods; I always recommend Eureka."

Bristan

"In a relatively short space of time, I have become aware that Eureka! Research are the ‘go to’ agency for installer and consumer insight in the bathroom sector. 

 

We had had no hesitation in commissioning Richard and Dave to undertake a significant business-critical piece of bathroom research. 

 

The Bristan team always enjoy working closely with  Eureka! and we look forward to continuing this relationship over the coming months and years."

 

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