A new 2019 report from the National Association of Realtors states that homeowners looking to add personality and individuality to their home interiors are more likely to undertake a do it yourself remodel than hire a professional. Unsurprisingly, the report shows that cash-strapped Millennials are the most likely of any generation to take on a DIY project at roughly 73%, while younger Boomers and Gen X-ers tend to favor DIY home projects at a rate of around 50%. Older Boomers and members of the so-called Silent Generation tend to, because of their age and generally better financial situations, use professionals around 71% of the time when it comes to home remodels. 

The NAR report, titled Remodeling Impact: DIY, did state that 53% of all generations of homeowners surveyed used a professional when all types of home projects were considered other than just remodels, such as an HVAC replacement or insulation upgrade, which is an edge over the DIY rate of 47%. Respondents to the NAR survey indicated that they will hire a professional more often to increase functionality and/or livability of their home, but if the project is about increasing the home’s beauty and aesthetics or taking on a project designed to add personality to a home, they were twice as likely to DIY. With plenty of homeowners taking on renovation projects as New Year’s resolutions, the NAR report is a great place to search for projects others have undertaken successfully

It has also become more common in recent years for DIYers to tackle exterior projects, with roughly 42% now forgoing hiring professional help and putting on that new roof or installing exterior windows themselves. It is also interesting that 56% of those who did an animal or pet renovation in their home did it DIY style, and pet pools and build-ins for pet dishes and pet beds were some of the more popular projects that homeowners did, in a large majority, on their own. Of course, we housesellers know that one of the pleasures of owning a home is the ability to take on projects to customize a house to really make it your own and that is why we like to periodically post some of the best current DIY ideas.