An independent consumer survey has revealed one in five wished they hadn’t bitten off more than they could chew when it came to house renovations.
“DIY home renovations have become highly accessible following the explosion of renovation reality shows, booming hardware market and popularity of online DIY forums where people can learn from each other’s experiences. However, 17% of survey respondents feel they jumped in at the deep end and wished they hadn’t taken the reins themselves,” said Rebecca Logan of Canstar Blue, who commissioned the survey.
“Males were more likely to regret attempting house renovations at 19% of respondents, however females weren’t far behind, with 14% feeling a pang over DIY renovations.
“Overall, the results show the vast majority of DIY consumer experiences are positive, as Australians take a greater interest in adding value to their properties instead of buying new homes given current cautious levels of consumer confidence.”
Business research firm IBIS World recently forecast Australia’s DIY market would grow by more than 22.5% in the next five years.
When it came to which brand in the competitive $40 billion Australian home improvement market has the happiest customers, it was market leader Bunnings that topped the Canstar Blue list. The recently launched home improvement chain Masters didn’t qualify for the survey because of low responses rates due to their brief time in the marketplace.