Interest in the self-build market booms at recent London Homebuilding & Renovating Show at Olympia

The recent London Homebuilding & Renovating Show saw a significant increase in visitors looking to self-build or planning a sizeable renovation on their existing home, reflecting a growing confidence in the market.

The show, which took place from 26-28 September at Olympia, London, put 300 companies predominantly from the self-build and renovation markets in front of 17,000 visitors over the course of the three day event and provided the latest advice on all aspects of building and renovating a home.

Nick Noble, joint managing director of Centaur Home Interest Media, said:

“There is a growing need for detailed technical self build and DIY advice among the public and the show delivers this at every level. Increasingly, as confidence has returned to the property market, self-builders and renovators are allocating larger budgets for their projects, often opting to construct or remodel a home to cater for their preferences rather than buying a new property.”

Visitors interested in heating and ventilation products increased from just over 34 per cent to 68 per cent and those wishing to learn about foundations and basement interests increased by around 12 per cent.

Over 38 per cent of visitors attended the building costs, budgets and finance seminar making it the most popular subject, closely followed by 32 per cent of customers who attended tutorials about planning permission.

A well attended highlight of the show was the Homebuilding & Renovating Theatre, an area where visitors were able to attend seminars on topics ranging from adding an extension, creating a loft conversion, redesigning the inside of a house and building a home from scratch. Other favourites were the Kitchen & Bathroom Inspiration Zone and the Home Improvement Theatre.

The show saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of visitors with £100k plus budget spend and a 19 per cent decrease among those who had under £50k compared to last year’s exhibition.

Next year’s show will be held at ExCel London (25-27 September 2015) due to the increased size of the exhibition and the vibrancy of the property market in the South East of London. There are six other events held throughout the country each year.