The Best DIY Homeowners Use to Transform Their Homes Without Paying Big Money

The Best DIY Homeowners Use to Transform Their Homes Without Paying Big Money

Homeowners refuse to sacrifice property improvements despite the cost-of-living crisis — by turning to small jobs for modernization.

A study of 2,000 home-owning adults found that 46 percent intend to make changes to their home this year, but three out of five choose smaller jobs over major renovations.


Painting the walls is one of the top 20 small jobs that homeowners do on their own this yearcredit: Getty

And 23 per cent admitted that they did not want to give up on upgrading the house despite the high costs.

The main reasons for this include updating their home style (33 percent), adding value to the property (25 percent) and saving money (23 percent).

Mike Furman, CEO of Checkatrade, which commissioned the research, said: “Whether it’s giving a living room a new lease of life with a lick of paint or renovating the bathroom by re-grouting tiles, keeping pace with smaller and more expensive improvements means we can continue to maintain Our homes are in the best condition.

“These small changes are something we expect to see throughout 2022 as homeowners continue to navigate the rising cost of living and save for larger home improvements.”

Others surveyed said they wanted to test methods before making big changes (17 percent) and 18 percent wanted to stay motivated by focusing on small jobs.

But nearly half have postponed larger renewals this year due to having less funding than planned (42 percent) and facing other financial priorities (34 percent).

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Others were prevented from implementing larger plans by higher utility bills (27 percent) and family expenses (21 percent).

It also emerged that the top “modifications” made by homeowners include painting interior walls (25 percent), adding new carpeting (18 percent) and painting the fence (17 percent).

Wallpapering (16 percent), hanging or blackout curtains (14 percent) and adding a gallery wall (10 percent) are also among the common small jobs.

It also emerged that homeowners have already spent an average of £2,053 this year and expect to spend an additional £2,413 in the next 12 months.

Mike Ferman added: “With more than half (55 percent) intending to tackle major renovation projects themselves, we encourage homeowners not to be tempted to take any shortcuts and turn to only reputable experts and auditors for support on any home improvement changes.”

More than three-quarters of them still hope to do larger renovations in the next five years, with bathroom, kitchen and garden priorities.

While 24 percent can’t imagine not doing any work in their home for a while, with the average homeowner staying just eight months in their current property without making any changes to it.

Couple from Snowdonia WalesThey doubled the value of their home in four years with DIY renovations.

Nick and Nikki Polly saved around £30,000 by doing the work to turn a dilapidated cottage into a stunning family home.

The pair paid £175,000 for the ‘uninhabitable’ property in 2018 but after recent upgrades the value was estimated at £300,000, leaving them in a ‘better financial position’ by far.

On a smaller scale, brand designer, illustrator, and illustrator Ashley Kaneko showed off her home renovation earlier this month.

Ms Kaneko transformed her bathroom with just a marker, which costs around £6.

After a construction accident, she was afraid of sticking wallpaper in the bathroom and decided to paint her own designs.

The 20 best small jobs homeowners are doing this year:

1. Painting the walls

2. New carpet

3. Painting the fence

4. Painting the ceiling

5. Wallpaper

6. Paint edges

7. New light installation

8. Re-plastering/replacing bathroom tiles

9. Hang the blinds / blinds

10. Interior doors paint/oil

11. Paint a shed

12. Painting the stairs

13. New sockets

14. New hardwood floors

15. New front door

16. Kitchen Sink Update

17. Replacing kitchen worktops

18. Hang shelves

19. Change / update the door handles

20. Painting / recycling garden furniture

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