The Risks and Rewards of DIY: Is It Worth It?
"DIY can be great for having fun, spending time with family and learning new skills, but be thoughtful about the types of projects you choose," says
According to this survey of 1,000
Why People DIY
The pandemic was not only a factor in the popularity of DIY, but also in the motivation behind the projects. Homeowners still said the top reason for choosing to DIY was to save money (62%). Beyond savings, the other top reasons were more intrinsically motivated and include: Spare time or were bored (56%), thought it would be fun (52%) or wanted to learn a new skill (47%). Homeowners were also inspired by social media (39%) and DIY TV shows (45%), and a shocking 24% chose DIY over hiring a pro because they wanted to prove someone wrong about their ability to do it.
Even as lockdowns across the
What Can Go Wrong
While some homeowners found their DIY projects easier and cheaper than anticipated, twice as many found the opposite. Additionally, nearly 80% of homeowners experienced a minor or major mistake during their DIY projects. The most common minor mistakes were doing something wrong and having to re-do it (44%), spilling paint (39%), breaking something and having to repair/replace it (37%), using the wrong tool (33%), making a huge mess (30%), and either kids or pets getting in the way, minor injury or ordering the wrong materials (29% each).
Major mistakes were a bit more costly for over one-quarter of homeowners (27%), with top disasters including expensive damage (52%), breaking something valuable/sentimental (48%), serious injury or finishing and realizing it was done wrong (47% each), starting a fire or falling off a roof or tall ladder (44% each) and someone being electrocuted (41%).
"It's important to think about why you want to DIY and what you're hoping to get out of it before committing to a big project," added Carson. "If you're doing it just to save money, you might want to reconsider. Without the time, tools, and talent to do it properly and safely, mistakes may cost you more in the long run than simply having a pro come in to help from the beginning.
Why People Hire
DIY is not an all-or-nothing approach and 93% of homeowners also hired pros for at least one project. In fact, for every type of home project, from interior to exterior and landscaping to remodels, more people relied on a mix of hiring and DIY than on either one alone.
Homeowners regularly hired pros in every trade, showing a need across the board for skilled tradespeople of all kinds. Trust in those tradespeople was also apparent, as the number one reason to hire a pro was "to make sure the work was done right." Ultimately, that trust paid off, with nearly half of those who hired pros saying the project turned out better than expected, while only 15% were less than satisfied.
Additional insights include:
- 77% of primary residences need minor or major renovations
- Over two-thirds of respondents have already done, have started or are considering solar installation (69%)
- 77% are motivated to undertake home improvement projects by a desire to increase future sale value
- Men are much more likely than women to say they wanted to prove someone wrong (31% to 16%) or to say they can do just as good a job as a pro (48% to 32%)
- Additions, sheds or standalone structures are most likely to have gone over budget (51%) and to have resulted in a major mistake when done DIY (45%)
- The biggest DIY projects tackled most were home interior (flooring, painting, décor), followed by kitchen and bathroom remodels
*1,000 of 1,236 (81%) of people responded "Yes" to the screening question, "Have you done any DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement or renovation projects since the start of the pandemic?" All other statistics are percentages refer to those 1,000 respondents.
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