When it Comes to the Crunch, Brits Need Experts for Home Improvement
London, 16th July 2008 – Brits are risking life and limb this summer as they attempt to fix up their homes without the foggiest clue how to do it. More than half of the nation (53%), admit they regularly do DIY jobs around the house when they have no idea what skills are needed or whether it could be dangerous. The shock finding comes from research by new online portal MyHammer, which allows tradesman to provide quotes for work posted online by homeowners across the country.
Households throughout the UK have on average four jobs that need doing at any one time, and with the credit crunch looming, Britons are realising they need to ensure their hard-earned cash is spent wisely. After all the mistakes Brits made, last year the nation forked out over £180million on getting someone in to fix up their mistakes.
And the survey showed one in 10 people are forced to hire a professional to complete their half-hearted efforts. But it’s not just money being wasted, Brits are risking their own health with more than a quarter of blokes cutting and scraping themselves with their tools compared to only 12% of ladies. They are twice as likely to have an accident as women.
Across the country, 15% of fed-up females say they’re waiting for lazy fellas to get the jobs done at home, with five per cent of men admitting they put off the work due to lack of confidence.
Other findings from the survey include:
– 30% of women against 18% of men worry the price will go through the roof when they start home improvements themselves.
– One in 10 men choose a tradesman on how good their chat is; with two per cent surprisingly picking one on their looks, as opposed to just one per cent 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. But they could still be in for a shock, 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.
Bob Swift, MyHammer’s UK Director, comments: “The Brits do like to try their hand at DIY but seems it doesn’t always work out. Look at it like a haircut, you can try and do it yourself at home but in the end you’re better off visiting a barber or hairdresser. MyHammer saves consumers time and money meaning you can plan your home improvement projects according to your budget, no matter how many hours you work.”
Go to www.myhammer.co.uk to try out the beta version.