Brits to spend £38.7 billion on DIY in 2023

5 Apr, 2023

Ahead of the Easter weekend which will see many Brits kick start their DIY projects for the year, new research from American Express shows that the average UK adult will spend an estimated £1,380 on DIY in 2023, equalling £38.7 billion as a nation.

With lighter and longer days, more and more of us are picking up our tools and beginning to spruce up our homes. Over half of UK adults (53%), or 28 million, have started spending or plan to spend on DIY this year. Furthermore, over a third of DIYers in the UK (37%) are planning to spend more on DIY this year compared to 2022.

Inspired design

Social media is playing an increasingly influential role in inspiring the UK with its DIY projects, particularly amongst the nation’s Gen Z and Millennial demographics. Seven in ten (71%) of Gen Z adults who will do DIY this year use social media as their go-to for DIY inspiration, along with 67% of Millennials.

This compares to just a third (33%) of Gen X and 15% of Boomers using social media for DIY inspiration. Nearly a quarter (22%) of Boomers are instead opting to use home and DIY websites to find home improvement inspiration.

A work in progress

Our homes are often a labour of love and an ongoing process with just 6% of DIYers believing their home is the finished article. Just under half (46%) of UK adults spending on DIY this year think their home needs small touches, whereas 36% believe their home is a work in progress.

Outside space is at the top of the UK’s DIY to-do list, with 42% planning to improve their garden in 2023, followed by bedrooms (38%), living room/lounges (34%) and kitchens (34%).

Areas of the home Brits are looking to improve in 2023:

1.    Garden – 42%

2.    Bedroom – 38%

3.    Living room/lounge – 34%

4.    Kitchen – 34%

5.    Bathroom – 30%

6.    Dining Room – 17%

7.    Study/office – 13%

Tackling DIY head on

With social media both inspiring the nation and providing countless video guides on DIY, 50% of DIYers revealed they are confident in their DIY skills with even more (53%) stating that they enjoyed DIY. That said, almost 1 in 3 (32%) said that DIY makes them moody. That might explain why 63% of the UK stated that if they could afford to, they would pay for someone else to do their DIY, with only 19% of the nation claiming they wouldn’t.

For DIY projects that provide the biggest headache, almost half of UK DIYers (43%) find plumbing to be the most challenging task to do themselves followed by fitting a carpet (35%), hanging a door (32%) and putting up wallpaper (27%).

Building up the points

When it comes to paying for home improvements, 56% will use a credit card with 33% planning to collect loyalty or rewards points, and more than a quarter (28%) plan to collect cashback.

Maggie Boyle, Vice President at American Express commented: “Spring is always a popular time for Brits to start improving their homes and gardens for the rest of the year. This new research shows the value Brits place on their homes and the pride we take in doing the job ourselves. With over a third of the UK set to spend more on DIY in 2023 compared to 2022, American Express Cardmembers can make their spending go further by earning valuable points and cashback.”

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