According to new research conducted by Anglian Home Improvements, the average homeowner aged between 18 and 34 has seven D.I.Y jobs on the go at once. The study surveyed 2000 homeowners undertaking improvements in July 2019.
However, it seems that they might have taken too much on, as the review also found the same group are finding it hard to complete even the smaller projects on the long list.
The biggest reason given for this was a lack of time (41%), as most young homeowners are also at the start of their careers and low on spare hours in the day. The next reason given was a lack of enthusiasm (36%), anyone who has tried to re-design a property will understand that feeling. Finally, well over a quarter of those asked (29%) explained that lack of money was holding them back from completion. Despite this, in the past twelve months they also spent £200 more than the national average on home improvements.
In contrast, the two older age groups surveyed (35-44 and 44-54 year olds) are only taking on three or four projects at once. This discrepancy may be due to younger homeowners taking houses lower on the property ladder – which need more renovation and updating work to be done.
The top five areas Brits revealed they need to fix are: marked walls, stained carpets, peeling paint, un-hung pictures and worn-away grouting. Mould reached number seven and, worryingly, loose or exposed wires was at number fifteen. Have a look at our advice on which home improvements are worth the expense here.
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 currently improving their homes and undertaking smaller D.I.Y projects.
“With the good weather and upcoming bank holiday next month it’s an ideal time to be getting on top of the odd jobs around the home. Our advice for homeowners would be to not take on too much at once and try to focus on completing one project at a time.”
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