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Autor: | Donnerstag, 27. November 2008 | Kommentare

When it Comes to the Crunch, Brits Need Experts for Home Improvement

Brits are risking life and limb as they attempt to fix up their homes without a clue how to do it. More than half of the nation (53%) admit that they regularly do DIY jobs around the house when they have no idea what skills are needed or whether it could be dangerous.

Households throughout the UK have on average four jobs that need doing at any one time, and with the credit crunch in full swing, Britons are realising they need to ensure their hard-earned cash is spent wisely. A fifth end up forking out an extra £60 correcting their own DIY disasters, with the Scots spending on average £84 to fix up mistakes.

The survey showed that 1 in 10 people are forced to hire a professional to complete their half-hearted efforts. It’s not just money being wasted; Brits are risking their own health with more than a quarter of men cutting and scraping themselves with their tools, compared to only 12% of women. Men are twice as likely to have an accident as women.

Across the country, 15% of fed up females say they’re waiting for their lazy other half to get the jobs done at home, with 5% of men admitting they put off the work due to lack of confidence.

Other findings from the survey include:

* 30% of women and 18% of men worry the price will go through the roof when they start home improvements themselves.
* 1 in 10 men choose a tradesman based on how good their chat is and 2% pick one based on their looks, as opposed to just 1% of women.
* Living up to their stereotype, Scots are the most prudent when it comes to budgeting and are the least likely to run out of money halfway through a DIY project. They could still be in for a shock though, being the most likely to get electrocuted. A whopping 10% of the country has been hit by a surge during DIY.
* Those in the West Midlands are most likely to drop their DIY, with 31% abandoning home improvements when they run out of money. The Welsh are most determined to see a job through to the end, with 38% going ahead and finishing no matter what.

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