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52% of brits admit that Painting Walls/Cabinets/Fences and wallpapering are DIY projects they never finish and 72% admit to getting a professional to complete the job!

 Revealed: The DIY projects Brits give up on the quickest!

  • Over 3,000 Brits are searching for ‘home DIY ideas’ monthly
  • ‘Installing Shelves’ is the DIY project most people never finish (54% of people admitted to starting but never finishing this job before)
  • Most people say they gave up on a project because it ‘was taking too long to finish’
  • 72% of Brits admitted to hiring a specialist to finish the project instead 

With more time spent at home, it’s hard not to notice the bits and bobs that need changing or maintaining. In fact, Google searches show that 3,250 Brits have looked for ‘home DIY ideas’ in the last month! 

But whilst starting a new project can seem exciting, completing it is another story! With that in mind, the experts at HomeHow.co.uk sought to find out what are the DIY jobs Brits tend to start but never finish, and what are the reasons behind it. 

THE RESULTS: 

HomeHow.co.uk surveyed 2,856 Brits and asked them what DIY projects they have started, but never finished. 

Interestingly, most Brits answered ‘Installing Shelves’, with a whopping 54% never finishing the job. 

In second place is ‘Painting Walls/Cabinets/Fences’ with 52%. Whilst some people find painting a relaxing activity, it seems that more than half of respondents dreaded this task enough to give up! Sharing the second place is ‘Adding Wallpaper’, with 52% of people leaving this job unfinished 

In third place is ‘Changing Windows’ with 47% of people realising they bit off more than they could chew when starting such a difficult job on their own!

Other DIY projects Brits admitted to giving up on the quickest are:

Installing New Tiles (41%), Installing New Floors (36%), Replacing Taps/Shower Head (32%), Patching Holes in Walls (31%), Updating Cabinet Hardware (28%) and Changing Lights (23%).

What were the reasons for not finishing DIY projects? 

Furthermore, HomeHow.co.uk have asked the Brits undertaking the survey, what were the reasons for starting a DIY job but not finishing it. The most common reasons were:

Was taking too long to finish 56%
It was too frustrating 49%
I did not have the knowledge to finish it 46%
It was too hard 44%
I did not have the money to finish it 38%

Lastly, HomeHow.co.uk asked the respondents what happened to the projects in the end. The top answers were: 

Paid a professional to do it 72%
Asked a friend/family member to do it 63%
It remained unfinished  34%

 

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