According to a new study, 32 percent of homeowners have been putting off at least one home improvement job for 12 months or more — and the average American home has nine DIY jobs that desperately need attention, according to new research.
The study of 2,000 American homeowners, conducted by Porch.com, sought to uncover America’s “to-do list” around the home, as well as understand where homeowners make the biggest investments in their homes.
The findings show that the payoff can be worth it, but it can also take a tremendous amount of work to keep the average American home in shape.
For example, the average home has nine repairs, or DIY jobs, that need to be completed, with 57 percent of homeowners feeling their home was still a “work in progress.”
In fact, only 10 percent of homeowners felt they were completely on top of their home maintenance tasks.
America's To-Do List: The Nation's Top 20 Home Improvement Tasks
New paint: 55 percent
Bathroom remodel: 30 percent
New carpet: 28 percent
Landscaping: 27 percent
Kitchen remodel: 27 percent
Drywall repair: 25 percent
Fix/replace door(s): 23 percent
Fix/replace window(s): 22 percent
Flooring repair: 21 percent
Roof repair: 20 percent
Deck/patio repair/installation: 20 percent
Re-caulking: 20 percent
Fix/replace faucet(s): 16 percent
Lighting installation: 15 percent
New tiling: 15 percent
Fix leak: 14 percent
Fix/replace tub/shower: 14 percent
Fix/replace toilet(s): 14 percent
Fix/replace plumbing: 12 percent
Siding repair: 12 percent