Calling in the pros...

08 December 2020

New research from Kennards Hire has shown that Aussies are spending $1.8 billion per year fixing botched DIY attempts.

With Aussies spending record amounts of time at home, DIY projects continue to be a way to keep busy and tackle odd jobs around the house. But with many lacking the right tools to get the job done, it can be an expensive hobby.

New research from equipment hire brand Kennards Hire reveals that Aussies are forking out over $1.8 billion per year to have professional trades fix their botched and unfinished DIY projects.

The study, which surveyed over 1,000 Australians also found that three in five Aussies (64%) would rather complete a DIY project themselves over hiring a tradie.

Tony Symons, General Manager for Product at Kennards says while it’s great to see so many Aussies eager to get stuck into DIY projects, it can be an expensive pastime for those who don’t know what they’re doing.

“While sometimes it is better to leave it up to professionals, particularly with some larger jobs with many moving parts, there’s no reason people should completely shy away from their own DIY projects - it’s about making sure you plan out the project and have the right equipment for the job.”

With more than half of Aussies (56%) citing that their main motivation for DIY is the real sense of gratification in completing a job themselves, it’s a shame that so many of us are having to call a professional with our tails between our legs to finish the job.

The main reasons for downing tools on a DIY project included: lack of time to finish the job (45%); and not having the right equipment (33%).

One in four (26%) admitted to abandoning multiple projects in the past. This was particularly high for millennials where one in three had given up on a task.

The top jobs causing Aussies to throw in the towel included: painting indoor walls (24%) and landscaping the yard (24%), as well as larger projects such as bathroom overhauls (15%) and kitchen renovations (10%).

When it comes to the equipment needed for certain projects, 64 per cent would simply prefer to hire what they need for the job rather than spend the extra cash to purchase tools they’ll never use again.

Tony says: “Kennards Hire staff are always happy to answer any questions related to your home projects, and will make sure you safely know how to operate any equipment before you leave the branch.

Now is the time to start planning your summer and Christmas spruce-up projects. For tips and tricks on DIY projects around the house visit: 

BUILD is the complete, trusted and independent online authority on building and renovation for Australians. BUILD aims to answer all of your questions about building and renovation – even those you didn’t know you should ask!