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CAN WE FIX IT? – Sun Online

SUN ONLINE, MARCH 29, 2019
COVERAGE FOR MYBUILDER.CO.UK

CAN WE FIX IT? One in ten Brit couples who try renovating a house together split up, study finds

  • A nationwide study of 2,000 homeowners also found 77 per cent of couples who attempted to do up a home together say it ended in stress and furious rows

Almost one in ten British couples who have attempted to renovate a house together, have split up during the process, according to a new study.

A nationwide study of 2,000 homeowners, found as many as 77 percent of those who attempted to do up a home together, claim the project led to furious rows.

A further 15 percent claim the pressure of project managing their own building works meant they were constantly at each other’s throats.

In fact, one in ten have been driven to the brink of a divorce or break up as a result, while seven percent claim the stress of building work actually ended their relationship.

Little wonder then that half of UK couples who have worked on a big home project together claimed their sex life suffered, with 8 percent complaining it was completely killed off by a project which they thought would bring them closer together.

In fact as many as 58 percent of people who’d bought a house is need of doing up with their partner said they would never consider doing it again.

The research, by www.MyBuilder.com also revealed that doing up a house yourself is one of the most stressful things in life, more so than having a baby, getting divorced or taking exams.

And two-thirds of people (67 percent) who’d taken on a “fixer-upper” ended up resenting the house and all the time it had taken up.

According to the research, just the thought of DIY can make our anxiety levels go through the roof.

14 percent of the 2,000 adults surveyed said just considering tackling home improvement themselves leaves them feeling stressed out.

And a sensible one in six Brits think that any financial saving from renovating simply isn’t worth the pain.

“Biting off more than you can chew can have serious consequences. No matter what type of project you’re tackling, getting the experts in can save a lot of heartache,” says Ryan Notz from MyBuilder.

Perhaps this explains why 20 percent of people think they’re much worse at DIY than their parents’ generation. And 17 percent of people think they have no DIY skills at all.”

While we might be in a relationship with someone who thinks of themselves as a renovations dynamo, in fact their efforts might be adding to the stress with 17 percent of people secretly wishing their other half was better at completing the work.

For those who had never embarked on a project with their partner, the main reasons were because they’d rather work with professionals (38 percent), they didn’t have time (29 percent) and they thought they’d end up divorcing (17 percent).

Interestingly men and women felt very similarly about the home projects in general, however 20 percent of women wish their other half was better at DIY, compared to only 11 percent of men.

Regionally, Cambridge was the home to most DIY rows, with 87 percent of projects begun by couples ending in constant rows, whereas in Norwich, people took things more calmly and only two-thirds of the projects caused relationship mayhem.