Is it DIY or DI-Y did I bother?

Have you or your partner ever started a job, only to give up before it’s finished?

If you’ve got a half-started home improvement, you’re not alone. A lack of time and not having the right budget or skills can all lead to our DIY jobs getting left behind.

We’re on a mission to help you get motivated and inspired to finish the jobs you started. From big full-scale projects to the smaller ‘I can’t be bothered’ jobs, we want to inspire the nation to pick up where they left off and get the job done.

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What’s your DIY personality type?

Our research found that 56% of homeowners admit their home is a ‘work in progress’ – so, how do you compare? Are you a Determined DIY-er or a Blue-Sky Thinker? Take our quiz to discover your DIY personality!

Our research found:

  • More than half (56%) claim their property is a ‘work in progress’
  • 48% don’t think their home will ever be finished
  • There are on average 5 DIY jobs sat unfinished around the house
  • 47% admit they have had a DIY job around the home go wrong
  • We spent an average of £331 to correct our DIY disasters

Consumer research survey of 2,000 UK homeowners, carried out by OnePoll May 2022.


We want to help you pick back up your toolkits and finish your DIY. Our home improvement hub has a whole host of guides and top tips to help you.

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Put the ‘do’ in DIY

To help you get back on track, we’ve teamed up with interior design expert, Siobhan Murphy, for our latest video series to help inspire you this summer.

From sprucing up your garden to revamping your spare room, Siobhan shares her top tips for transforming your home.

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We’ve created a range of guides to support you with your DIY project. Whether you’re looking for tips for planning and budgeting, cost-saving ideas, or a little inspiration, there’s plenty of resources to help you get started.

Siobhan shares her top tips and tricks to help you go from a DIY disaster to a DIY master.

Top tips for your DIY


Other articles to help your with your next project:
  1. Simple ways to save money on DIY projects this summer
  2. The biggest barriers to finishing a home improvement
  3. Top tips to make sure your home improvement goes off without a hitch
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Enter our 'DI-Y Did I Bother' prize draw…

Complete the following form and tell us about your half-started DIY job to be in with a chance to win one of three £500 One4all vouchers. One lucky winner will also get the chance to have a 1-2-1 online consultation with interior design expert, Siobhan Murphy, to help transform a room in your home.

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