Are Home DIY Projects More Risky for Millennials?

Many homeowners opt to take on home improvement projects themselves, expecting that they can save themselves money. New research on the subject from the home improvement marketplace and the consumer finance company SoFi has interesting insights on the topic. recently surveyed more than 1,000 individuals to learn how they fared with a range of home improvements. According to their research, do-it-yourself errors ended up costing homeowners nearly six hours of time and adding $310 to the cost of the project on average.

The study found that among DIYers, the chief incentive was financial – roughly a third said they tackled projects themselves to save money. For a fifth of respondents, the time commitment was a lesser concern – they opted to DIY because they actually enjoyed the work.

Some other key points of the survey include:

– Seventeen percent tackled the job because it seemed easy — even though this perception could quickly prove erroneous.

– Just 13 percent attempted their project because they already knew how to do it, suggesting most DIYers bring limited experience to their chosen task.

– Flooring installation caused homeowners the most headaches. Mistakes during the labor- and material-intense project added nearly 14 hours of time and $829 to the project the study found.

– Plumbing, electrical wiring and installing a ceiling fan caused the most additional wasted time, adding nearly seven hours.

– Exterior painting and replacing an electrical outlet added the most cost, adding nearly $450 to the initial cost.

Another survey of more than 1,200 consumers by SoFi, as reported by AARP, suggests millennials might actually run a higher risk of injuries tackling DIY projects versus baby boomers.

Among the SoFi survey highlights:

– Millennials were 119 percent more likely than boomers to have been injured by power tools in a DIY home-improvement project.

– Millennials were 23 percent more likely than boomers to have needed emergency room treatment because of a home-improvement injury.

– Millennials were 46 percent more likely than boomers to have required stitches due to a home-improvement injury.

– Boomers were 22 percent more likely than millennials to actually finish their project.

By John Voket

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