The State of DIY: Why More Homeowners Are Ready to Get Hands-On


There’s no denying that DIY projects have taken the industry by storm.

Initially, the economic downturn was credited with the rise of do-it-yourself projects. But now, with the economy on the mend, owners are seeking out the projects not only to save money but also to experience a sense of achievement, enjoyment and individuality.

Research reveals that more people plan to buy a home than to rent in 2014, and 72 percent of those surveyed said they plan to tackle DIY home-improvement projects this year.

Homeowners don’t have to look far for inspiration.

53 percent of homeowners agree that now is a good time to renovate their homes.

Popular shows on HGTV and the DIY Network encourage and teach; social networks, such as Pinterest, are rife with large, beautiful pictures to spark creativity; and enthusiastic new bloggers are cropping up daily, with step-by-step guides on how to personalize home projects.

According to a recent report, 53 percent of homeowners agree that now is a good time to renovate their homes.

And while many people may argue that it’s still best to leave certain jobs to the professionals, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter a number of very brave, very determined customers who want to take a chance on doing their own home improvements. Your job is to make it as easy and as safe as possible.

When you visit the National Hardware Show® this year, be sure to take in the thousands of products available that will help make any home-improvement journey a successful one. Plus, don’t miss an appearance from the Property Brothers, who have had such an impact on homeowners’ motivations to renovate, remodel, and DIY. You can visit Industry Edge for a preview of what you’ll see at the Las Vegas show.

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Jackie Roy
Jackie Roy is a contributor to The National Hardware Show Industry Edge. More »