People in the UK love a spot of DIY. Did you know that the average Brit redecorates their home around 36 times in their lifetime, with each project usually taking around 18 days, on average, from start to finish? Data from the Office for National Statistics has also predicted that those in the UK collectively spend almost £30 billion on home improvements annually. That works out at £43 million each week!
Does that mean extra business and revenue for builders? With the rise of DIY tasks, some Brits are choosing to take on the projects themselves and avoid hiring professionals. Because of this, home improvement projects might actually be stunting the growth of the construction industry. Work platform suppliers, Niftylift, looks at the growth of DIY and its impact on the construction industry…
The evolution of do-it-yourself
On average, we fork out about £1,085 on DIY improvements. Also, 15% of Brits attempt all DIY tasks themselves, while DIY stores have seen an increase of around 42% in sales for DIY products. This could be down to the fact that less than one in ten home owners currently consider their home to be perfect, with 55% saying they have a long to-do list of improvements and changes they would like to get done.
Banishing the age-old stereotypes, it’s not only men who participate in DIY tasks — The Telegraph reported a rise in the female DIY-er. 70% of women said they are happy to do DIY around the house, and 77% said they would happily strip a room of wallpaper without asking for any help. Furthermore, in a B&Q survey, three-quarters of women believe themselves to be just as competent at basic DIY skills as any man — and of the 60% of women who are currently in a relationship, 35% say that they do more home improvements around the house than their partners.
But what are our biggest priorities when it comes to DIY?
- Installing a new kitchen and/or bathroom.
- Laying new carpet.
- Painting walls.
- Building an extension.
On the other hand, the most easily achieved DIY tasks are actually among the most outstanding jobs in the British home: painting and wallpapering, buying new furniture and laying decking or a patio in the garden.
Do we need professionals?
Interestingly, we also seem to be a nation of procrastinators with regard to DIY. More than four-fifths of Brits apparently delay carrying out essential DIY tasks for around 26 days. What’s more, 10% will not do DIY tasks for more than three months! Many home owners believe that a lack of time is stopping them from getting everything done in their homes. In fact, three quarters worry that they are never going to get their homes to a point where they are completely happy with them because of a lack of time, money and know-how.
Apparently, we don’t mind waiting around for a job to get done, as only 16% of people always hire a professional to do it. Decorating appears to be one of the most common jobs that people hire a professional for; more than a fifth call in a professional to put wallpaper up, while another 15% get decorators in instead of undertaking a paint-job themselves.
There are professionals for all types of home essentials — from builders and plumbers to decorators and engineers. 23% of home owners believe their home requires mainly major work to make their home perfect, suggesting that a professional is needed — and figures agree, with 28% saying a professional is needed to do the work that they want to do. Maybe DIY has its limitations? Research could back this claim up.
Studies show that the art of DIY is slowing and declining, which is excellent for the construction industry. And this could be down to a change in attitudes throughout generations. Over 50s seem to have no problems with trying DIY work in the home to save money and achieve something themselves. However, only 1% of the younger generation, 25-35-year olds, would try and do the work themselves, meaning 99% of them would rather hire a professional.