Lack of confidence prevents Brits from finishing DIY tasks

Lack of confidence prevents Brits from finishing DIY tasks


Posted 13th June by Peter Byrne

UK adults are severely lacking confidence in their own abilities when it comes to DIY household tasks

New research, conducted by Emo Oil, revealed a nervous 52 per cent of UK adults would call on professional assistance before trying to fix a DIY issue for themselves.

Amazingly, the majority (77 per cent) of adults feel unconfident at the prospect of carrying out a simple DIY task around the home.

Over one in three (36 per cent) have confessed to having a local handyman on speed dial who offers help with home improvement and renovation jobs that they're unable to do.

The most common DIY task UK adults struggled with was fixing a leaky tap, with over two in three (67 per cent) unsure with how to do it.

Following this was changing a plug and fuse - over half were unsure about this (59 per cent).

Hanging wallpaper followed (52 per cent), ensuring that even looking for a simple room refresh suddenly becomes a difficult task.

Replacing light fittings (47 per cent) and sealing doors and windows (44 per cent) completed the list of the top five DIY tasks that adults will avoid.

Suzanne Waddell, Group Marketing Manager at Emo Oil, said: "It’s interesting to see how, despite having access to a wealth of information at our fingertips, a significant number of UK homeowners and tenants don’t feel confident in their abilities to carry out simple DIY tasks around the home."

 "There are some DIY jobs that are best left to the professionals, but there are other simple tasks which individuals could save money on by doing these themselves. Once they have the know-how, they realise how much easier it makes life and they can get to work on the task at hand, rather than waiting for a professional to step in."

 "There are a number of online platforms offering great detailed or video tutorials on popular DIY tasks, just be sure to ensure you’re viewing information from a credible and trustworthy source, especially where electrical items are involved. Once you feel fully informed you’ll have much greater confidence in the task at hand and can start reaping the benefits of doing it yourself!"

The other DIY jobs that completed the top 10 tasks that UK adults cannot do are:

The Top 10 DIY Tasks UK Adults Can’t Do

1 Changing a plug – 67%

2 Fixing a leaking tap - 59%

3 Hanging wallpaper - 52%

4 Replacing a light fitting - 47%

5 Sealing windows and doors - 44%

6 Unblocking a sink - 38%

7 Changing a bulb - 27%

8 Hanging pictures, shelves and mirrors - 21%

9 Assembling flat pack furniture - 16%

10 Painting walls and furniture - 13%

When it comes to non-professional help and advice, 55 per cent would ring a friend or family member, with 79 per cent consulting a video sharing website for guidance if they were unable to tackle the DIY job themselves.





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