House to home? This is the most intimidating room to renovate

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According to the Joint Center for Housing Centers of Harvard University, home improvement project spending increased from $328 billion in 2019 to $472 billion in 2022, with an estimated 2024 spending of $485 billion.

Nearly two thirds of those asked in a recent OnePoll survey conducted on behalf of Bath Fitter, say they are confident in their ability to perform their own home renovations. In fact, after watching, on average, about seven hours of remodeling content each week, more than one-third of Americans believe they have the skills and know-how to host their own home remodeling show.

But before you take that sledgehammer to the wall, it might be worth considering if you actually have the skills to do a successful home renovation. The poll of 2,000 American homeowners also found that 48% admit they wouldn’t want to tackle any plumbing or electrical work around the home on their own.

TV Inspiration

Is the confidence to redo our homes the fault of our TVs? All those hours in front of the TV seem to be creating some armchair experts: 86% of homeowners agree that watching home renovation and redecorating content inspires them to make changes to their own space.

Overall, almost seven in 10 respondents already attempted to remodel aspects of their homes themselves. The top three rooms people tried to tackle were their bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms.

Many homeowners took renovations into their own hands simply because the rooms were outdated or didn’t fit their current taste. However, 13% admit that those renovations were done because they were embarrassed by that space.

An astounding 94% of respondents who renovated part of their own home consider their renovations to be successful, and the main thing they’d change would have been to start their renovation project sooner. But even so, 14% of those respondents still wish they had enlisted help from a professional.

Taking the Leap

Of the 31% who haven’t attempted to remodel aspects of their home on their own, nearly half admit their fear got the best of them. They avoid even the attempt at renovations in case they might mess their home up. Other homeowners believe they need more skills than they have, or just don’t know where to start on the projects.

But that doesn’t mean Americans haven’t been willing to get their hands dirty. Many respondents have experience using the basics, such as tape measures, drills, levels, and even sanders.

“It’s no secret that home renovations can be intimidating but it’s encouraging to see so many American homeowners already attempting to remodel their homes to fit their unique needs and aesthetics,” says Jennifer Dionne, Vice President of Marketing at Bath Fitter. “The survey results found that of the respondents who have not attempted renovations, the top two rooms they’d feel most comfortable tackling include the bathroom and primary bedroom (19%). Renovations can seem daunting, however, there are updates you can make that are affordable, time-efficient, and beautiful.”

When asked about their biggest worry when it comes to home renovations, common themes such as “the time I need to finish it,” “the expense,” or “cost” were frequently repeated by homeowners thinking about a project. Others worry “that it won’t turn out right” or even that they’re “too old.”

This may be why a little more than half would rather hire a professional than tackle home renovations on their own or why another 57% of respondents admit that taking the DIY approach is too intimidating to tackle.

Kitchens and bathrooms are the two most popular rooms to renovate in homes. According to the 2024 U.S. Houzz & Home Study, about 29% of people renovate their kitchens, while another 25% to 27% renovate their primary and guest bathrooms.

A little more than two in five are dissatisfied with their bathroom’s state. For those respondents, the tub, shower, and the bathroom’s overall size are the top three areas that need work.

“There’s a big myth in the renovation space which leads people to think that they need to gut everything to get what they want. That’s not true,” explains Scott McGillivray, HGTV star and renovation expert . You don’t need to create a big disruption demolishing to get what you’re looking for, especially in the bathroom. Oftentimes, we have the perfect tub or shower location and size, but it just needs to be refurbished.”

 

This article was produced by Media Decision and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.

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