Home renovation

The Average American Tries a Home Improvement Project Himself for That Many Hours Before Giving Up and Hiring a Professional

Struggling to recreate what you saw on Pinterest? You’re not alone.

A new survey of 2,000 general Americans found that four in 10 had more DIY failures than successes. The average person said it took him five hours of trial and error before he gave up on his project and called in a professional to help him.


People usually give up after a few hours of trying a home improvement project on their own.Credit: Getty
Some will try to solve their problems on their own before calling in experts


Some will try to solve their problems on their own before calling in expertsCredit: Getty

Nearly half (45%) have completely butchered a home improvement project trying to complete it without professional help, and 57% wish they could go back in time to get a pro before they started.

Fifty-six percent are so pissed off that they called a parent for detailed instructions on how to complete a home repair or improvement project.

Commissioned by BJ’s Wholesale Club and conducted by OnePoll, the study found that the average American begins experimenting with home improvement projects at age 22.

Many respondents recalled their first projects – fixing faulty televisions, building furniture, patching holes and cracks in walls, draining clogged sinks and even installing a mailbox.

While 51% of respondents say they are the go-to person for DIY projects for family, friends and neighbors, a majority of Americans prefer to hire a professional (38%), a loved one (37 %) or a friend. (24%) for help.

When it’s time to look for a professional contractor to do improvement work, people spend an average of nine hours researching them before hiring them.

Respondents said they found contractors through an online search (37%), a personal recommendation (35%) or retail stores (15%).

Nearly three in four (71%) said they try to gather as much information as possible from the people they hire to carry out their projects.

“Hiring a professional contractor can take a lot of time and research, but people don’t realize the whole process can be so much easier with home improvement services,” said Tom Heling, vice-president. president of services at BJ’s Wholesale Club.

“We consult with home improvement specialists to take the guesswork out of the process and help people save time and money.”

For those who are the go-to do-it-yourselfers in their social circles, 44% believe being in charge of a home improvement project is a sign of confidence.

Meanwhile, 48% see it as a sign of expertise and 36% see it as a sign of strength.

When looking for inspiration, people often turn to home improvement TV shows (45%), websites (33%) and social media (33%).

Do-it-yourselfers particularly prefer to replicate what they see on social media by finding new ways to accomplish tasks such as renovating rooms (32%), building furniture (28%) and cleaning swimming pools (23 %).

The data also showed that people tend to be most proud when repainting a room (30%), doing landscaping (29%) or leading a kitchen renovation (26%).

Respondents said the kitchen is the hardest room to renovate, with almost a third (29%) encountering obstacles along the way.

Half of married respondents (52%) said they assign their spouse a weekly list of DIY and home improvement projects.

The most common “honey jobs” include repairing leaky faucets (45%), wall painting (42%) and repairing drywall (35%).

“While some easy DIY projects can be a fun task, leave the more complex projects to the professionals and save yourself some headaches,” Heling recommended.

“Our team will follow the entire project from start to finish and will fix any issues to ensure complete satisfaction.”

DIY projects can be fun but messy


DIY projects can be fun but messyCredit: Getty

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