Struggling DIYers rarely finish projects that need doing round the home

More than two thirds of homeowners have to hire professionals to finish their DIY jobs

Average Brit DIY has seven projects that need doing round the home
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British DIYers' enthusiasm for tackling jobs around the house is not always matched by their success in completing them, with seven projects left unfinished
in the average home.

New research has revealed that commitment to home improvements often wanes before the end, as the majority of people asked said they’d begun a project without finishing it. 

And in the survey for, more the two-thirds of homeowners admitted that although they'd started the task themselves, they'd had to hire a professional to complete it.

Just under half confessed that they’d actually made the job worse initially and it had ended up costing them money when the whole idea was to try to save it. The average amount spent per failed DIY job was £86.

The most common jobs that needed doing in the home were, perhaps not surprisingly: painting and wallpapering (68 per cent), followed by laying new flooring (52 per cent) and fixing a leak (46 per cent).

Excuses for failing to either start or complete DIY jobs included ‘I can’t afford the repair’ (49 per cent), ‘I don’t have time to do it myself’ (32 per cent) and ‘I keep putting it off’ (21 per cent).

Although just under a third of homeowners asked said they thought they would be able to complete the jobs in the next year, 14 per cent admitted that they thought they'd never complete all the outstanding DIY jobs in their home.

Alison Jones
Assistant Editor

Alison is Assistant Editor on Real Homes magazine. She previously worked on national newspapers, in later years as a film critic and has also written on property, fashion and lifestyle. Having recently purchased a Victorian property in severe need of some updating, much of her time is spent solving the usual issues renovators encounter.