DIY Disasters: Best and Worst Home Improvements for Weekend Warriors

Posted on Jan 17 2019 - 3:26pm by Zoe Eisenberg

Young woman using electric screwdriver to installation kitchen furniture, DIY concept

Do you love a good home improvement project? Whether you're a novice or a seasoned DIY-er, there are some projects that are just going to be easier than others. But which? ImproveNet set out to discover which projects can set you up for failure, and which will be a snap.

The company surveyed over 2,000 DIYers who have attempted at least one DIY home improvement project included on ImproveNet's list of 32 primary project types. The results may surprise you! Here are a handful of takeaways, as well as an edifying infographic:

Over budget. When a DIY project runs over budget, on average, people spend nearly two times what they projected.

Back-up pros. According to the results, one in three people have called a professional to redo their failed DIY mess.

Ugly outcome. Why are folks disappointed with their DIY? Fifty-five percent of people say the main reason they were disappointed with a DIY is it doesn't look good.

Floor fail. Which DIY project do most Americans regret trying to tackle? Installing tile floors! This task takes practice and a sharp eye. According to ImproveNet, you should leave this one to the pros unless you want to risk a shoddy-looking bathroom or kitchen floor.


Credit: ImproveNet

View the results and a full breakdown of ImproveNet's methodology here.


2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. HVAC pro in Philladelphia January 22, 2019 at 5:40 am -

    I do not recommend anyone to do home improvement at home, if you do not have practical experience in this matter. Even in the simplest process — painting the walls — you need some experience and knowledge. An incompetent one can slap something that should not be painted, painting may turn out to be uneven, and there are many other reasons why it is better to spend money once than to pay the second one. Penny wise and pound foolish.

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