Easier access to materials and education has increased the number of DIYers
The concept of “do it yourself” has been a long-standing tradition, as people look to make improvements to their home without calling on the professionals.
The sense of achievement from repainting your living room, putting up that set of shelves, or laying that new floor in the spare bedroom is one we can all relate to. But where does that leave the construction industry?
Accessible tools of the trade
If you’re the type to get your hands dirty and throw yourself into DIY projects, getting hold of the right tools for the job is paramount. Thankfully, providers such as RS Components make obtaining the correct equipment easier as you look to make those improvements to your home.
Factors such as the online market and special offers mean tools are more readily available to the average DIYer at a more affordable cost, so professional help is not always required when it comes to sprucing up your living space.
People choosing to improve rather than move
The National Association of Estate Agents reports that people in the UK spent £48billion on doing up their homes in the past five years.
In a sometimes difficult and unpredictable housing market, many are opting to make alterations to their homes rather than look to buy elsewhere — in the belief that their time and money is better invested on their existing situation, rather than on a prospective new location which may not be to their tastes.
Sometimes, only a professional will do
It is estimated that 15 percent of homeowners in the UK attempt to complete all DIY projects themselves, rather than call on the professionals.
However, there are some tasks around the house that may need a more experienced guiding hand. For example, if you were looking to renovate your bathroom and needed to tinker with the plumbing, getting a qualified tradesperson in to do the job is far safer — not to mention potentially cost effective, as any mistakes on your part could incur a heavier expense to correct further down the line.
Similarly, any required rewiring for your new lighting system is best left to an electrician. There are some jobs that should always be left to the professionals.