With the popularity of home renovation shows, it comes as no surprise that more homeowners are taking on some big renovations themselves these days. That doesn’t mean opportunities to advise, assist or otherwise be involved as a home retailer, builder, architect or designer don’t exist. However, it might mean coming up with creative solutions to help consumers successfully complete the projects themselves.
According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, more than half of consumers (53 percent) who completed home renovations hired professionals in the last year, while 47 percent took on the tasks themselves. For those who hired professionals, 72 percent of that work was done inside the home.
Consumers were more likely to call in the professionals when the projects were complete overhauls and more inclined to take on the project themselves if it was a less intensive renovation. For example, 64 percent of respondents hired a professional to add a new bathroom, while 49 percent renovated an existing bathroom. Similar numbers were presented for kitchen renovations with 65 percent calling a professional for a complete kitchen reno, while 51 percent tackled an upgrade.
Reasons for the work
The most popular DIY renovation projects included closet renovations (69 percent DIY), hardwood floor refinishing (56 percent DIY) and basement conversions to living space (56 percent).
If functionality or livability were driving factors, 41 percent of consumers preferred professionals for the jobs. If, however, the renovation was to add the homeowner’s personality, they were twice as likely to do the job themselves.
Better functionality was the number one reason for embarking on a renovation, whether with a professional (41 percent) or as a DIY project (35 percent). Beauty and aesthetics, and better resale value came in second.
Younger respondents said they would undertake the renovations themselves, with older generations more likely to hire professionals. For Millennials, 73 percent said they would attempt the renovations, while half of Gen X and Baby Boomers said they would hire a professional. For the Silent Generation (older than Baby Boomers), 70 percent said they would hire a professional.
Rooms ripe for reno
So which spaces in a home are the most likely to undergo an upgrade or renovation? If you guessed kitchens and bathrooms for inside the home, you’re right on the money.
Bathroom renos topped the chart with respondents about equal between hiring someone to do the job and doing it themselves. Kitchen upgrades were next, again about even between professionals and as DIY projects. For complete kitchen renovations (#3 on the list), respondents were the most likely to hire a professional, with 16 percent going the professional route and 9 percent attempting the job themselves.
Outside, roofing, windows and vinyl siding topped the charts for home projects. Consumers were more likely to hire outside help on roofing and siding projects.
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