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DIY: the never-ending struggle


A recent poll has revealed that the Brits of today aren’t all that handy when it comes to household maintenance tasks.

In a survey from Bosch Home and Garden, six in ten people said they struggle with basic DIY tasks and have given up all hope when it comes to learning any handyman or handywoman skills. Of the 1,500 participants, over a third had resigned themselves to being DIY-useless and 22 per cent have attempted and failed to learn the basics.

Surprisingly though, almost 90 per cent of those who took part said they own a toolbox, with an average of £452 worth of equipment sat gathering dust – it’s certainly a case of ‘all the gear, no idea’!

We’ve dissected the research and highlighted the DIY tasks Brits hate to do, and just how they get out of doing them.

DIY jobs we just won’t tackle

When it comes to doing DIY, there are some jobs Brits just loathe to try, let alone complete! According to the Bosch survey, something as basic as painting a room was highlighted as a must-avoid task with 13 per cent of those surveyed saying they’d never even attempt it.

The bathroom seems to be neglected area when it comes to DIY. The sound of a dripping tap mustn’t be too annoying to some people, as four in ten said they couldn’t fix this common issue, whilst 28 per cent claimed they wouldn’t know where to begin changing a toilet seat, A large 62 per cent haven’t attempted to tile their own bathroom, which is fair enough – it’s a highly skilled task!

Other tasks homeowners won’t have a go at include hanging wallpaper, fitting a new light and changing over a plug socket.

How much does it all cost?

When you’re clueless about DIY, there’s only one thing you can do – call in the cavalry. On average, Brits call in help two or three times a year, with a heavy reliance on family members and friends.

The first port of call seems to be the parents, with 40 per cent of adults praying that their mum or dad have the know-how to hang a door or fix that crack in the wall.  A third of adults will pay a professional tradesman to come in and do the required work, whilst eight per cent would rather give the cash to a close friend to fix the problem than tackle it themselves. 

Outsourcing your DIY projects however can some with a stinging cost. According to a recent figure from the Home Builders Federation, the total cost of work needed to bring at old property up to the standards of a new build is £51,463. These costs include the likes of having a new kitchen fitted (£7,900), installing a central heating system (£6,185) and having some fresh guttering put up (£700).

A solution to your DIY struggles

Rather than paying the price for the major home improvements you dream of, buying a brand-new home offers you the perfect solution. Perfect for first-time buyers, families looking to upsize or couples looking to downsize, moving into a new home has a wide range of benefits.

Maintenance and DIY costs aside, you’d be moving into a home that you’ve been able to influence – you can get a house to suit your personality without the renovations.