31st March 2011 - Despite a slump in house sales, a survey* by Europe’s leading website for bringing together customers and tradesmen www.myhammer.co.uk has discovered that 60% of UK homeowners plan to make home improvements this year. 63% of these house-proud Brits are planning an interior facelift with a lick of paint, while 33% have a garden overhaul in mind and over a third intend to fit a new bathroom or kitchen. Almost a fifth are planning bigger projects like loft conversions and extensions.
However with money in short supply, there is less of an appetite to risk bodged DIY jobs. Over 24% of those surveyed had experienced a DIY disaster in the last 12 months which had cost an average of£145 to put right. So no surprise then that with 58% of women not trusting their partner with anything other than the simplest DIY jobs, that MyHammer has seen postings for quotes on the site rise 34% year on year.
This is good news for MyHammer’s 290,000 tradesmen, according to Gerrit Mueller, COO and General Manager International, “The drop in the housing market means that homeowners will be turning again to home improvements as a way to protect their investment. However increased legislation means that you often need to use a qualified tradesperson. Equally if you are not terribly skilled it can be more cost effective to pay for work to be done to be sure of a professional job and save money in the long run rather than righting DIY disasters. Tradesmen at My Hammer are reviewed by other customers to give you extra confidence when picking the winning bid.”
MyHammer allows you to get quotes for jobs in your home from qualified tradesmen. Review the work on the site once complete and make it easier for others to identify honest and competent builders, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen through your recommendations.
Save yourself a DIY disaster and get the experts in to help.
*Survey of 2000 women was undertaken by online research specialists OnePoll in March 2011.