results of a fourth quarter 2015 survey by the Home
Projects Council, a group of home-improvement experts,
suggests that homeowners interested in reducing the
costs of projects around the house should replace
"do-it-for-me" habits with improved
online survey of 514 homeowners with at least one
project completed on their houses in the last two years
found that DIY homeowners spent less financially doing
their own work than did homeowners using professionals.
survey also indicated that a homeowner’s
home-improvement skill level was directly related to the
size, complexity, and spending on a project.
is a clear correlation between a homeowner’s
capabilities and the DIY home-improvement projects they’re
comfortable attempting," said Frank Owens, vice
president of marketing for Quikrete Cos., manufacturer
of packaged concrete.
more advanced their skills, the greater number and
variety of projects they can complete without a
professional," Owens said.
to the survey, 53 percent of all DIY homeowners did
their last projects because that was less expensive than
homeowners who hired professionals are driven by
distinctly different criteria based on skill level when
considering a home-improvement project, the survey
cost was the overwhelming factor for DIY homeowners, the
survey indicates that hiring professionals will continue
for more complex projects.
fact, 53 percent of homeowners contended that no amount
of financial savings would have compelled them to do
their last home-improvement projects without the paid
services of a professional.
my experience, for what it’s worth: I have done
plumbing and electricity. I prefer to hire licensed
professionals because these things are too important to
be done by even educated amateurs.
do my own painting because I am extremely picky, even if
it takes me longer to complete the job.
take on projects — building things — that give me
personal satisfaction, even if it costs me more than
buying or hiring a professional.