How to take doubt out of your DIY jobs

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

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

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