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3 out of 4 Americans Built Up Their Home Improvement Skills in 2020, CRAFTSMAN® [email protected] Survey Finds

  • More than 1 in 5 Americans learned to use a drill for the first time during COVID-19
  • Since the onset of the pandemic, two-thirds of Americans (65%) report their households have had more time for home improvement projects, but most (60%) wish they had more home renovation know-how
  • For many Americans (25%), home improvement activities have become a way to spend quality time with family
  • CRAFTSMAN will donate a total of $500,000 to help strengthen American homes impacted by COVID-19; Company to support Rebuilding Together and Feeding America efforts
  • The company is encouraging Americans to share their home renovation projects with the hashtag #BuiltAtHome

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TOWSON, Md., December 2, 2020 – A new survey from CRAFTSMAN, a Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) brand, found that more than 3 in 4 Americans (78%) have honed their home improvement skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRAFTSMAN [email protected] Survey examined how Americans’ home renovation interests and skills have evolved over the past six months, the tools and resources they leveraged to tackle various projects, and their plans for continued home improvement in 2021.

“As the global pandemic took hold in the U.S. this spring, we saw more of our CRAFTSMAN customers purchasing products to help create new and renovate existing spaces to better serve their needs and improve the functionality of their homes,” said Jaime Ramirez, Executive Vice President & President of Global Tools & Storage for Stanley Black & Decker. “We wanted to gain a better understanding of which projects consumers were undertaking and how we could better serve them during this time. CRAFTSMAN is committed to helping our employees and customers navigate through this challenging period, doing our part to help strengthen our connection to our homes and communities. As part of these efforts, we are providing a donation to Rebuilding Together and Feeding America to support those impacted by COVID-19.”

The pandemic has been a moment of reflection for many Americans, with 6 in 10 indicating they wished they had more skills or know-how to accomplish home improvement projects. The survey found that more than half (51%) have learned new home renovation skills this year, 44% of women compared to 58% of men. In addition, more than half of Americans (53%) have either completed, or expect to complete, their 2020 home improvement checklist by the end of the year.

Top Home Improvement Projects In 2020
The CRAFTSMAN [email protected] survey found that people spent their time working on a variety of home renovation projects during the pandemic, with more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) saying they or someone in their household worked on at least one home improvement project in 2020.

The most common indoor renovations included painting a room (28%), creating a home office (13%) and remodeling the kitchen (10%). For outdoor projects, about a third of men (32%) have completed a garden overhaul since the onset of the COVID-19, while 1 in 5 women (22%) have done the same.

To complete their projects, many Americans learned to use power tools for the first time. Respondents said they learned to use power tools such as a drill (21%), sander (15%) and table saw (13%) during the pandemic.

CRAFTSMAN is encouraging Americans to share their home renovation projects with the hashtag #BuiltAtHome.

Feeling Accomplished and Gaining Quality Time
Over 9 in 10 Americans who say they have learned new home improvement skills report that learning these new skills makes them feel accomplished. Of those who say they have tackled or may tackle a home improvement project during 2020, 29% say that home renovation activities are a way to spend quality time with others in the household. Of those Americans who say they have worked on at least one indoor or outdoor home improvement project in 2020, more than half (52%) say they worked on the project(s) with a spouse or partner, 29% say they did so with their children, and 22% say a friend helped them complete their project(s).

Brushing Up on Skills, Americans Go Online
When it comes to learning home renovation skills during the pandemic, Americans are primarily turning to websites (51%) and social media (33%), with YouTube (73%), Facebook (47%) and Instagram (36%) ranked as the top sources. Men say they use Twitter far more (32%) than women (8%), while nearly half of women (47%) opt for Pinterest to learn about home renovation.

Trend Likely to Continue Into 2021
More than 6 in 10 Americans (62%) feel their experiences during the pandemic mean they will likely tackle more home renovation projects long-term. As a result, many households are creating 2021 to-do lists. In addition to painting interior rooms (23%), a sizeable number of people plan to install an outdoor patio, deck or entertainment space (19%), install flooring (15%), remodel a bathroom (15%) or renovate a kitchen (15%). The survey data suggests people are shifting from immediate-need or functional projects in 2020 to more advanced home updates in 2021.

To complete their projects, more than a quarter of Americans (27%) plan to spend $1,000 or more. Additionally, the survey found that there is a growing desire to use new tools. By the end of 2021, Americans hope to learn how to use a drill (16%), table saw (15%), circular saw (14%) and nailer (14%).

Strengthening American Homes
CRAFTSMAN is making donations to Rebuilding Together and Feeding America to help strengthen American homes impacted by COVID-19. The company will donate $250,000 to Rebuilding Together to provide critical home repairs to individuals in need and help revitalize communities throughout the country. In addition, the company will donate $250,000 to Feeding America, one of the largest hunger-relief organizations in the United States.

For CRAFTSMAN project videos and resources visit: press.craftsman.com/social. More information about the Craftsman survey can be found at https://bit.ly/CraftsmanBuiltAtHome.

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Methodology
CRAFTSMAN commissioned Atomik Research to conduct an online survey of 1,005 American adults. The makeup of the sample is statistically representative of the U.S. population based on the national census’ gender, age and regional data. The margin of error for the overall sample (N=1,005) fell within +/- 3 percentage points with a confidence interval of 95 percent. Fieldwork took place between Nov.10-11, 2020.

About CRAFTSMAN®
CRAFTSMAN® is an American icon that homeowners, home builders, auto enthusiasts and master mechanics have trusted since 1927 – and today’s CRAFTSMAN® continues that legacy. With a focus on reliable, high-performance tools, storage and equipment, CRAFTSMAN® has revived its long-established pride in superior quality. Now it’s easier than ever to get the tools trusted for generations at more places than ever. For more information visit www.craftsman.com or follow CRAFTSMAN® on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker is a purpose-driven, $14 billion revenue industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 54,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world's largest tools and storage business, the world's second-largest commercial electronic security services company, a leading engineered fastening business as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure businesses. The company's iconic brands include BLACK+DECKER, Bostitch, CRAFTSMAN, DEWALT, FACOM, IRWIN, LENOX, Porter Cable and STANLEY. Stanley Black & Decker is a company for the makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

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ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS AND STATISTICS

We Take Pride 2 in 5 (40%) Americans say they feel a sense of pride after completing a home improvement project.
We’re Improving

More than 3 in 4 Americans (78%) say their skills applicable to home improvement have improved to some extent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 22% say they’ve improved significantly
  • 38% say they’ve improved somewhat
  • 19% say they’ve improved slightly
Most Used Tools

These are the most frequently reported power tools Americans who’ve worked on indoor or outdoor home improvement project/ projects say they’ve used in 2020:

  • Drill: 55%
  • Electric Screwdriver: 38%
  • Sander: 29%
  • Table Saw: 24%
  • Nailer: 24%
  • Circular Saw: 23%
  • Air Compressor: 22%
Home Improvement In 2021 83% of Americans say they will work on at least one indoor or outdoor home improvement project in 2021.
Home Improvement Shortcomings

About 1 in 4 people (27%) said they do not expect to complete all of their 2020 home improvement project/goals in 2020. The most common factors for this include

  • Lack of resources or money (37%)
  • Not enough time (27%)
  • Project proving to be too difficult to complete on their own (19%)
Budget

A quarter of Americans (25%) say they or their household has spent $1,000 or more on home improvement projects in 2020. 27% say they or their household will spend $1,000 or more on home improvement projects in 2021.

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