D.I…WHY? Brits hammer home the true cost of DIY

  • Half of Brits believe they are good at DIY despite 33% having suffered a costly disaster
  • 46% of projects run in extra time
  • Accident prone cities include: Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%)

Half of Brits (48%) have confessed to believing that they are good or very good at do-it-yourself. This comes despite a third (33%) admitted they have suffered a DIY disaster – almost one fifth of which (17%) cost up to £500 to put right – with Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%) being the most disaster prone.

A quarter of fearful Brits revealed that they wouldn’t even dream of taking on a large DIY project (27%) themselves. However, of those who say they are terrible at DIY, 39% are still giving it a go. In fact the majority of the disastrous DIYers planning a renovation project are tackling a new kitchen (67%) and expecting it to cost up to £1,000.

Time is money

Overall, 40% of DIY projects were underestimated in terms of cost, and 46% were underestimated in terms of time. Despite this, three quarters of people (76%) believe they saved money doing it themselves. Meanwhile eight out of ten Brits would happily take on another significant DIY project, while 19% are putting their spanner to bed.

The survey, from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that those with experience of kitchen renovations give a different tale from unwitting DIYers about to tackle the project. Over a third (35%) report it costing over £4,000, more than 1 in 10 (13%) cost over £10,000 and 6% over £20,000.

Those tackling an extension may also be in for an unpleasant surprise as the average cost is £4,500 more than the £500 those planning it are expecting it to be. A conservatory however may present a welcome treat as it is coming in at £1,000 less than the anticipated £3,500.

Building on a budget

35% of Brits prioritise redecorating and set aside an average £500 for the task, 15% are getting their green fingers at the ready to tackle gardening, with a budget of up to £1,000, whilst 10% are cooking up a new kitchen with £1,500 to spend.

Of those who had recently redecorated, almost three in ten (28%) stated it cost more than they anticipated, almost the same amount who believe they may have lost money by not hiring a tradesperson (29%). Whilst the majority (48%) took an average of 2 weeks to complete the re-decorating, 36% report that it took longer than first expected.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager stated, “Spring is a popular time to dust off those tools and start putting planned DIY projects into action. The survey revealed redecorating is on the agenda for the majority of Brits, which makes it the perfect time to hunt for online deals.

The survey also revealed several unfortunate incidents which are often the result of inexperience. DIY merchant blogs and social channels provide a great source of expert tips and best practice that will hopefully keep you from making a costly mistake.”

After the tough job comes the fun part… making your new space look fabulous, and an exclusive 15% off plus free delivery at The White Company will help you do just that.

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