For some reason Spring, and particulary the Easter bank holiday, is the time when people get the urge to dust off their tools and get stuck into a DIY project. And it’s not just small DIY projects, people are ambitious; skills, knowledge and experience are way down the priorty list. It’s a trend that interested us here at Voucherbox enough that we wanted to find out more. So we asked you.

In addition to some fascinating results that you can read here, we uncovered some regional titbits that we couldn’t resist sharing…


  • Over a third of people in Belfast (37%) have had a DIY disaster, including collapsing shelves and falling paint
  • 13% are planning a full house renovation and are anticipating it to cost an average £11,500
  • Loft conversions are popular in Belfast, with 30% of frugal DIYers having tackled that project recently and only forked out an average £500
  • Half of people in the Northern Ireland capital say their DIY project cost more than expected, while 60% say it took more time than first thought
  • 45% took on home improvements to increase the value of the property
  • 100% believe they saved money by not hiring a tradesperson, and 90% would take on another big project


  • Whilst Brummies are a little more cautious than the rest of the population with only 27% of people having DIY disasters, of those that have they make up for it for it by causing the most floods in the country
  • New kitchens have been on the agenda for 15% of DIY projects in Birmingham, with a pretty reasonable average price tag of £1,500, whilst 13% have tackled a room extension for £2,500
  • 48% of Birmingham households found the total cost of renovations to be as expected, while 48% said they were more than expected
  • Another 48% spent more time on their DIY project than originally thought
  • A desire for change is the main reason for home improvements in the Midlands


  • Bristolians have had the most DIY mishaps in the country, with 43% admitting to a tool-led disaster, including collapsing ceilings and bursting water pipes
  • More than 1 in 10 are planning to spend an average £5,000 on home improvements
  • 30% of home improvements in Bristol were because of repair and prevention


  • Over a quarter of people in Cardiff (26%) admit to being bad at DIY, yet less than a third (28%) have had a DIY disaster
  • 43% are planning to spend an average £1,500 on an upcoming DIY project
  • Planned projects in Cardiff include redecorating (33%), new kitchen (27%) and landscape gardening (20%)
  • Those who have recently landscaped the garden spent an average £4,000 – that’s £2,500 more than the expected cost
  • Projects in Cardiff take an average 4.5 months to complete, which was considerably longer than expected
  • Only 50% believe they saved money by not hiring a tradesperson, but 90% would take on another DIY project


  • Edinburgh are the most confident with their DIY efforts as 59% say they are good or very good at DIY – whilst no-one considers themselves to be terrible
  • This may come as a surprise as more than a quarter (26%) have had a DIY disaster, including burst pipes and cracking plaster
  • Plus, 40% of people wouldn’t take on another big DIY project knowing what they know now


  • Despite having one of the lowest numbers of DIY disaster confessions, 20% resulted in injuries from a hammer
  • 45% of Glaswegians are planning to embark on a big DIY project in the near future, 43% of which will be re-decorating with a budget of £500
  • Of the 20% who have already undertaken a large DIY project, the average spend was £4,500, which is the biggest across the UK
  • 50% of Glasgow residents took on home improvements because they fancied a change


  • 41% of people in Leeds believe they are good at DIY, yet 45% of those have had quite drastic DIY disasters, including collapsing walls and fires
  • 93% will give DIY a go, yet 26% wouldn’t dare to try a big project
  • New bathrooms are on the agenda for more than 1 in 5 DIY projects in Leeds (21%), costing an average £1,400
  • 64% of estimates were as expected or close to, in terms of both time and money
  • The majority of home improvement in Leeds (35%) were done to increase the value of the property
  • Leeds dwellers are most likely to tackle another big DIY project with 93% of respondents answering positively


  • Over half of Liverpudlians (54%) believe they are good or very good at DIY
  • 31% of DIY mishaps are down to leaking water pipes
  • 15% of home improvements in Liverpool consisted of a conservatory, costing an average £8,000 and taking 4.5 months to complete
  • 29% of home improvements in Liverpool are done to increase the value of the property
  • Having recently done a large scale DIY project, 92% of Liverpudlians would take on another one, even though 17% don’t think they saved money by doing it themselves – while 8% don’t know


  • A third of Londoners have had DIY disasters, resulting in some quite serious injuries including broken legs from falling off ladders and heat guns being mistaken for hairdryers
  • 40% of Londoners are planning a DIY project with an estimated cost of £500 – 4% are planning to spend over £25,000
  • Of the 36% who have already experienced a big DIY project, 42% spent £500, 22% spent £1,500 and 5% spent over £25,000, meaning the expected versus actual cost is not too far off
  • The majority of people (40%) took an of average 2 weeks on a DIY project, the most popular of which being redecorating (33%)
  • 76% believe they saved money not hiring a tradesperson, and 4 out of 5 would take on another DIY project in the future


  • Manchester are not far off Bristol in dyer DIY stakes, with 42% of Mancunians having encountered a mishap, from knocking down supporting walls to the more serious loss of extremities
  • 51% are planning a large scale DIY project in the near future, 50% of which will be re-decorating with a planned budget of £500
  • The most popular projects in the last 24 months were redecorating (32%), new bathroom (14%) and garden landscaping (14%)
  • Manchester is the most frugal when it comes to DIY projects as more than half (54%) spent an estimated £500 on recent big DIY projects, while every household spent under £8,000 despite undertaking some big projects
  • This may explain why Manchester has one of the highest amount of respondents who said the cost was less than expected (17%)
  • Manchester also has the highest amount of people who said their DIY project took longer than anticipated (57%), with the average length of project being 3 months


  • A quarter of people from Newcastle have had a DIY mishap, costing an average £75 to put right
  • 21% are planning a full house renovation, more than any other city, at an anticipated cost of £3,500. However a quarter of respondents who have already taken on a house renovation say the actual cost is over £25,000
  • Geordies are not doing any DIY project other than tending to their gardens and re-decorating for an average cost of £500
  • 91% believe they have saved money from doing the work themselves, but that’s not enough of a driver for 18% who wouldn’t do it again


  • Almost a third of Nottingham households have been subject to a DIY disaster (31%), including sparked out wives falling over tools and collapsing carpentry
  • 12% of those planning a big DIY project in Nottingham will be taking on a new bathroom at an anticipated price of £500 – that’s £2,000 less than the actual price experienced by fellow East Midlanders who already did the work
  • Nottingham has the prettiest gardens with the highest proportion of outdoor DIY (21%)
  • Over half of Nottingham households (53%) feel their DIY projects took longer than expected, although the majority of projects (47%) took just 2 weeks
  • 1 in 5 people aren’t sure if their DIY efforts saved them money while over 1 in 10 (13%) are sure it didn’t


  • Almost a third of Plymouthians (29%) are either not good or terrible at DIY, yet it’s the ones who claim to be good that had had the majority of accidents (45%), the average of which has cost £50 to put right
  • The average time to complete a DIY job in Plymouth is 2 months, which the majority felt was an expected amount of time


  • 56% of people from Sheffield consider themselves to be good at DIY, despite being the only city in the UK to answer that the majority wouldn’t dare take on a big DIY project (42%)
  • 35% of households have had a DIY disaster, from wallpaper mishaps to starting fires
  • Of those who had completed a large scale DIY project recently, everyone stayed close to their budget and within the projected timescale, with noone spending considerably more or less – the only city to have done this
  • 88% believe they saved money not hiring a tradesperson, however 14% of those would still not take on another DIY project
  • The majority of households undertook home improvements to extend their current space (30%)


  • A massive 73% of Cornish people believe they are good or very good at DIY – that’s higher than any other area in the UK
  • Despite this vote of self confidence, 75% of those who have recently tackled a big DIY project, wouldn’t take on another one, which is the highest proportion across the country
  • 40% of people from Truro have had a DIY disaster, including a very unfortunate incident with a staple gun