Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 · Written by Philippa Land
It sounds like an easy way to save money. Instead of hiring a tradie, get a few willing family members around for a do-it-yourself home improvement. The trouble is though that these DIY home renovations are costing the nation some $3.5 billion annually from damage caused by a DIY job gone wrong. This averages out at $1,500 per homeowner across 2.3 million homes.
Galaxy Research conducted a survey for hipages amongst a sample of Australians aged 18 years and over who are homeowners. The sample was distributed throughout Australia in capital and non-capital cities to represent a wide range of citizens. The findings are that homeowners spend a lot of money each year on fixing DIY jobs which haven’t quite gone right.
The survey found that 81% of homeowners do prefer to get qualified tradespeople for repairs around the house or for maintenance and renovations. Men are more likely than women to prefer to do it by themselves, whereas women are more likely to prefer to do it themselves with help from family, friends and their partner. The younger generation Gen Y are more likely than older generations to take on DIY tasks alone. Another interesting stat was that 71% of homeowners who are married or living with a partner experienced tension in their relationship whenever they need a repair, maintenance or were considering a renovation job.
There are many trade categories which require a licensed tradie to perform tasks due to the damage which can be caused by poor workmanship or mistakes. Jobs like plumbing, electrical, building or roofing need a qualified tradesman to carry out the work to ensure that Australian standards are met. Work with plumbing, in particular, can be very expensive to repair damage from leaking pipes or if waterproofing is not done properly.
To save time, money and tension in your relationship, get quotes from a licensed tradesperson for your next home improvement job.