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Homeowners abandoning DIY according to Checkatrade

Published: 17 January 2020 - Alex Fordham

Research from Checkatrade.com, the UK’s leading online trades directory, has found that more than 85% of the public have sought tradespeople to do odd jobs around the house over the last 12 months – some for as little as hanging a picture or putting up a shelf.

In fact, there was an 11% increase in consumers searching Checkatrade for tradespeople (between 2018 and 2019) as it becomes easier than ever to find and hire a trade expert.

Skills shortages could be to blame, as it turns out British people are too nervous to pick up a drill, spirit level or hammer to get the job done, with 38% claiming they’re scared to do the job themselves and more than half stating DIY is outside of their skillset (52%).

With flawless homes dominating the media and online world, ‘wanting a perfect finish’ also ranked highly (53%) when Brits were questioned why they’re not willing to do the job themselves. Perhaps surprisingly, only 15% claimed it was time constr

 

aints that stopped them from having a go, while one in 10 (11%) simply said they can’t be bothered.

Checkatrade CEO, Mike Fairman, said: “There is a great sense of accomplishment that comes with a job well done – but for many of us, that means prioritising great quality over ‘having a go’ yourself. If we look back 30 years, you couldn’t miss the sound of sawing or hammering on a Sunday afternoon, but with homeowner’s free time at a premium and a perceived shortage of DIY skills, it’s no wonder more of us are turning to trade experts to help us get the homes we want.

“There’s absolutely no shame in ditching the DIY – particularly as it’s easier than ever to hire a trade expert. Their specialist skills mean a higher quality of finish, delivered quicker and often with less disruption to your home and lifestyle. Just make sure you’re using a reputable expert who has been properly vetted to ensure your home is in safe hands.”

 

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