Millennials and Gen Z are DIY Disasters: DIY Tips from Max McMurdo

As the saying goes, ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’ which due to current circumstances has never been truer. New research reveals that as a nation our DIY skills are in decline with two-fifths (16%) of the UK having had a DIY disaster.

The findings from Bayut, the UAE’s largest property portal, reveal that when it comes to DIY disasters the younger generations have the most mishaps. Gen Z are identified as the biggest culprits with 93% of all their DIY ending in disaster. Millennial’s aren’t having much luck either with 87% admitting to home disasters.

It’s not major home renovations that send the younger generations into a frenzy – simple tasks such as hanging a picture prove too difficult for Gen Z with 27% saying they can’t, compared to 80% of baby boomers.

Over a quarter (26%) of 18-24 year old’s admit to breaking what they were meant to be fixing in frustration. Baby boomers are the clumsiest with tools, with almost a third (32%) confessing they have hit their hands with a hammer compared to only 18% of millennials.


The top 10 most common DIY disasters: 

  1. Dropping paint on the floor (30%)
  2. Hitting yourself with a hammer (27%)
  3. Covering yourself in paint (25%)
  4. Not being able to build a flat pack (22%)
  5. Not being able to hang a picture or mirror (21%)
  6. Sticking your fingers together using glue (19%)
  7. Putting a hole in a wall (17%)
  8. Smashing something because you are frustrated (16%)
  9. Not using the correct screws (16%)
  10. Measuring a space wrong so the item doesn’t fit (14%)


While the younger generations may be making more mistakes, that could be because they do DIY more regularly. Almost a quarter (24%) of millennials carry out home improvements every couple of weeks compared to just 8% of their parents (44-64 year old). Millennials would also rather turn to social media than ask family for help. Recent research found that as many as 87 per cent will turn to Google for help with these seemingly straightforward tasks, such as bleeding a radiator, putting up wallpaper and changing a light bulb. *

The findings reveal a gender split, with 24% of women saying they’ve never had a DIY disaster compared to just 18% of men. Women are also less likely to have injured themselves or someone else whilst doing DIY, with only 10% saying they’ve done so compared with 14% of men.

DIY expert and TV presenter Max McMurdo comments, “I am not surprised Gen Z and millennials have more DIY disasters than their parents or grandparents. Trial and error are all part of learning and improving and this is the same with DIY. However, having a DIY mishap can sometimes lead to injury so we all need to take caution with performing home improvements. Number two on the list of DIY disasters is hitting yourself with a hammer, which still happens to me. So, a top tip of mine for avoiding this is to practice on an old piece of wood until you perfect your swing, holding the hammer at the end of the handle away from the head. For additional help and to find out how much of a DIY expert you are do try my online quiz on the Bayut website here and find out how you can improve your skills.”


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