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Our Consumer Pulse Report tracks a few different metrics across the home improvement space.  One of those involves whether consumers tackling a project are doing it themselves or hiring an outside contractor.  Recently, the percentage of do-it-yourselfers has declined to a series low while the percentage of consumers hiring someone has increased to a series high.  Although a full two-thirds of consumers are still doing home improvement projects themselves, it is worth noting that this shift is representative of the elevated levels of spending on discretionary items and confidence towards personal finances. The increase in hiring outside help suggests that consumers are likely spending on more complicated projects and/or have enough disposable income to not be bothered doing it themselves.

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Home Improvement DIY vs Hiring

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