How to take doubt out of your DIY jobs
IN the last 12 months, Mancunians have spent £305 on average employing a tradesperson to carry out minor repairs within their homes, compared to the national average of £294.
According to research from Swinton Insurance, the majority of Mancunians shy away from DIY, with fewer than half feeling brave enough to carry out minor repairs in the home, and a fifth admit that they don’t feel confident carrying out DIY tasks of any description.
When Mancunians were asked what odd jobs they do feel confident undertaking, just 61 per cent said unblocking a drain, 46 per cent said putting up a shelf, 35 per cent said fixing a leaking tap and 21 per cent said fitting a sound system.
Tradespeople are in agreement, with eight in 10 believing Brits are too quick to ask for help.
They estimate they spend an average of three hours a day fixing jobs customers could do themselves.
Swinton’s research also brings to light the cost of getting it wrong when it comes to home improvements, and tradespeople believe they spend an average of two hours and 21 minutes a day repairing DIY tasks that have gone wrong.
The research found Mancunians have a tendency to get their wires crossed when it comes to electrical-based odd jobs in particular. According to tradespeople, the number one job they spend time fixing is changing a fuse, closely followed by wiring and changing plugs.
Swinton wants to help Manchester get more DIY savvy.
The UK high street insurance broker has teamed up with tradespeople to help Mancunians with some of the most common jobs.
Steve Chelton, product expert at Swinton Insurance, said: “The findings make it clear that much more needs to be done to educate Mancunians on basic DIY.
“It’s absurd that we spend hundreds of pounds on odd jobs we could do ourselves, particularly when family budgets continue to be stretched.
“However we do understand that DIY can be daunting.
“That’s why we’ve launched our Tips from the Trades online hub, to help Mancunians get up to speed with their DIY knowledge.
“Of course the need for professionals is always going to exist, and there are some tasks only experts should handle.
“It’s also vital that when you do hire an expert, you ensure they are a qualified tradesperson – if not you run the risk of not being covered as insurance policies tend to exclude damage caused by faulty workmanship.”
For details: www. swinton.co.uk.
●● Steve Chelton, product expert at Swinton Insurance