Survey Shows People Would Love To Install Drywall Themselves but Fear They Wouldn't Know How or What to Buy
June 5, 2013 3:08 am
In a nationwide survey of 1,000 homeowners conducted last month by Priority Metrics Group, nearly 40 percent of them have remodeled their homes or built a new one in the past two years, and 80 percent did all or a portion of the construction themselves.
"I'm not surprised that so many people are becoming do-it-yourselfers when it comes to their homes, and with recent natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy or tornadoes in Oklahoma, I think do-it-yourself rebuilding and remodeling will only increase," said Mecadon.
The survey found that more than half of homeowners would consider installing drywall themselves, and those a little less confident were concerned they wouldn't know how to install drywall. They also thought it would be too difficult to install or they wouldn't know what kind of drywall to buy.
Based on the survey, nearly eight in 10 homeowners recognize that walls are more important than most people think – and compared to other features, such as roofing and flooring – walls and ceilings were cited by the majority of those surveyed as providing the most long-lasting value to their homes.
"When people are remodeling or building a new home, they usually focus on the types of countertops, appliances, fixtures and flooring they want, and rarely think about the kind of drywall they should use, but they should," said Mecadon. Drywall products provide unparalleled resistance to moisture, mold, mildew, scratches and dents, and can even reduce the noise you hear between rooms.
When asked whether men or women would be better at home improvement tasks such as installing and finishing drywall:
• Nearly six in 10 said men and women would be equally good.
• Generally speaking and depending on the task, nearly a third thought men would be better.
• Only seven percent of those surveyed – mostly men – thought women would be better than men at home improvement tasks.
Published with permission from RISMedia.