21st March 2011 – According to a survey* by Europe’s leading website for bringing together customers and tradesmen www.myhammer.co.uk , Britain’s women are calling on their partners to put the toolbox back where they found it. 61% of the women polled by MyHammer think they could be better off calling in a professional, rather than letting their partner loose on DIY jobs around the home.
It isn’t just the bigger jobs we need worry about either; 58% of the women surveyed said they could only rely on their partner for the very basic DIY tasks. Top of the list of the jobs women felt their partners could not complete to a good standard were fitting a kitchen (57%) tiling a bathroom (47%), laying flooring (43%) and perhaps most worryingly, replacing a plug socket (34%) and wallpapering (35%).
Nearly half of the women questioned dread their partner doing any DIY and yet 59% of improvements in the home are attempted by men. It seems the man of the house is also unlikely to warn you of impending disaster; 24% of partners would never admit to their lack of DIY skills and press on regardless.
60% of UK homeowners plan to make home improvements this 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 rather than moving house. 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 MyHammer 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.