The Herald

The rise of the Fix It Yourself generation

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MORE than half of Britons are adopting a “make do and mend” mindset – with Gen-z leading the way in ditching engineers to fix their own household appliances.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults found a growing number of people are saving time and money by having a go themselves instead of calling out tradespeop­le or taking broken goods to the tip.

And the growth of FIY – Fix It Yourself – is coming from the younger generation, with almost three in five (58 per cent) 18 to 24-year-olds saying they have turned their hand at repairing household appliances in the past year.

As well as being spurred on by the pandemic, this age group is motivated by a desire to be more environmen­tally friendly (40%) and for their own satisfacti­on (40%). The research was carried out by spare parts retailer espares, which has seen a surge in demand over the last 12 months, with website traffic up 86% as Britons avoided shops.

Andrew Sharp, CEO of CDSL Group, which owns espares, said: “The FIY trend has seen a major boom over the past year through lockdowns and shows no signs of abating. From installing new filters in the cooker hood to replacing an oven door seal, people have realised just how easy repairs can be.”

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