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One in three homeowners regret DIY jobs

Published: 13 October 2016 - Jenny Wonnacott

Just over a third (35%) of homeowners regret the results of a DIY project they've taken on themselves and wish they had called in a professional, according to home services marketplace Plentific.com.

The study showed 18-34 year olds struggle the most with DIY
The study showed 18-34 year olds struggle the most with DIY

Since the property ladder's instability following Brexit, home improvements have become "the more attractive option for homeowners," says the report, rather than uprooting and moving on. Many have taken on their own DIY jobs, but one in three have found their results less than pleasing.

The research shows that the younger generation aged 18-34 struggle the most, with 48% regretting their results. Plentific puts this down to them being "relatively fresh on the property ladder and having yet to gain the relevant experience in DIY."

Norwich (45%) and Newcastle (47%) had the highest percentage of homeowners regretting DIY projects, wishing they'd hired a professional. In the capital, too, there are plenty of remorseful DIYers at 40%. The majority of London homeowners admit it has happened on more than two occasions.

Those living in Manchester, however, had the highest level (77%) of handy DIYers who had no issue with the results of their efforts.

Said Plentific spokesperson Stephen Jury, "Cases of regretful DIY projects are not unheard of, however these new statistics from Plentific show just how often they occur. It’s interesting to see that half of the young homeowners have DIY regrets. In this current digital world, these statistics could highlight the lack of DIY knowledge in younger homeowners, and emphasise their lack of confidence when carrying out projects which their parents may have more success with."

Source: DIYWEEK

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