Revealed: why Brits avoid DIY in winter

Struggling to get motivated to start your next project? You're not alone...

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With limited daylight hours, freezing temperatures and the thought of snuggling up on the sofa under a blanket just too tempting to resist, it’s perhaps no surprise that us Brits choose to shun DIY in the winter months, preferring instead to binge watch our latest Netflix obsession while polishing off what’s left of the Christmas chocolates.  

Recent research conducted by home improvement and repair service, Local Heroes, discovered that less than 10 per cent of the nation plans to carry out DIY during the winter season. 'It's helped us to understand UK consumers' seasonal preference for DIY,' says Mat Moakes from Local Heroes.

The survey found out that over half of Brits (64 per cent) prefer to take renovation into their own hands during the summer period, opting to avoid tackling home DIY, such as plumbing and plastering in the colder months.  

What’s more, it appears that although we’re happy to take on low-risk DIY ourselves, such as painting, decorating and shelf hanging, consumers prefer to pass on home installation, calling in the experts to undertake kitchen (67 per cent), bathroom (67 per cent) and new boiler installation (71 per cent). Additionally, tradespeople are preferred to tackle plumbing (64 per cent), plastering (64 per cent) and window replacement (62 per cent). Highly sensible if you ask us. 

All of which points to the fact that getting your DIY and home improvement head on over winter could have some benefits. Why wait until the spring and summer when builders/electricians/plumbers/plasterers, are inevitably already booked up by everyone else who wants to tackle home improvement jobs at that time of year?  

Get in quick over the winter months and not only can you find the right people to help you complete your next DIY project (search the network of 7,000 local companies on the Local Heroes database), but you’ll be able to bask in the spring sunshine (when it finally arrives) knowing that you’ve already crossed your DIY jobs off the to-do list. 

Beth Murton
Beth first started working on Real Homes as a sub-editor over 15 years ago. Since then she has worked on 4Homes, Grand Designs and as a freelancer, before returning to Real Homes for the third time. She is Acting Editor on the magazine and always has a makeover project of some kind on the go.