● Two thirds (66%) of young homeowners (18-34 year olds) are planning a home improvement project this year
● Three quarters (75%) don’t feel confident enough to put up curtain poles, blinds and light fixtures themselves
● Younger homeowners are spending over £100 on getting a professional for a small DIY job they could do themselves
Younger homeowners are wasting over £100 on professionals for each small DIY jobs that they could do themselves.
Two thirds (66%) of 18-34-year-old homeowners are planning on completing a home improvement project this year, but new research has revealed the significant sums of money they are wasting by getting a professional in to do minor jobs.
The study¹, carried out by Anglian Home Improvements, looked to discover the DIY jobs homeowners feel confident enough to attempt themselves and which they normally leave to the professionals. The results showed a significant difference between generations, with some age groups far more willing to have a go at jobs themselves around the home.
The younger homeowners, aged 18-34 years, were found to not feel comfortable performing a number of home improvements, from installing curtains to hanging pictures.
When it comes to painting, only 37% of those aged 18-34 years old are confident enough to decorate themselves. Less than a third (30%) will change their own light fixture and only 19% would be comfortable putting up a curtain pole or blind. Similarly, less than one in five (18%) would hang their own pictures and only 16% would build their own flat pack furniture.
This lack of DIY confidence is proving costly for young homeowners as the average cost of a painter and decorator is nearly £300 and getting a handyman to put together flat pack furniture for you will set you back around £70. The percentage of 18-34-year-old homeowners who admit they would get a professional in are paying an average of £102.20 for a professional to do one small DIY job.
The average prices for professional help to complete the top DIY jobs young people aren’t doing themselves are:
1. Painter and decorator (£296)
2. Handyman to build flat pack furniture (£70)
3. Electrician to change a light fixture (£55)
4. Handyman to put up curtain poles or blinds (£45)
5. Handyman to hang pictures (£45)
Commenting on the findings, Costas Kariolis, Head of Digital Marketing at Anglian Home Improvements, said: “It’s really positive to see that so many homeowners are planning on carrying out home improvements this year, whether they’ll be doing it themselves or getting in the professionals.
“Cost, time and confidence seem to be the main reasons people are more likely to pay someone to help around the house rather than make home improvements themselves. In light of this, we have partnered with various home experts and influencers to provide homeowners with useful and tips on how to save money on DIY projects.”