DIY ap­peals to most home own­ers

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

REN­O­VAT­ING is big busi­ness in Aus­tralia and it takes a big chunk of sav­ings to trans­form your home.

So many home own­ers think they’ll save a few of their hard-earned bucks by DIY’ing some as­pects.

What ar­eas are home own­ers happy to do them­selves? And which ser­vices should you al­ways out­source to the ex­perts?

Seventy per cent of ren­o­va­tors ad­mit to fin­ish­ing some ar­eas of their ren­o­va­tions them­selves, with the most pop­u­lar be­ing paint­ing.

A whop­ping 82% say they did at least some of the paint­ing in their re­cent trans­for­ma­tions.

“It is with­out a doubt the one thing most peo­ple think they can have a crack at and some peo­ple have a nifty touch with the paint­brush for sure,” says Ser­viceSeek­ing.com.au CEO Jeremy Le­vitt.

“But it can be time con­sum­ing and picky work, so it doesn’t suit all tem­per­a­ments.

“And a messy paint job can ruin an oth­er­wise per­fectly ex­e­cuted room.

“But when bud­gets are tight it is def­i­nitely the first thing ren­o­va­tors tackle them­selves.”

Land­scap­ing (46%), de­mo­li­tion (43%) and in­te­rior de­sign (77%) are also of­ten tack­led head on by plucky home own­ers.

And a messy paint job can ruin an oth­er­wise per­fectly ex­e­cuted room. — Jeremy Le­vitt

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