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Report highlights Britain’s attitude to DIY

A recent report by the Co-operative Insurance has outlined and dissected some of our DIY habits across the UK, listing some of the jobs people simply don’t want to take on themselves and offering reasons why.

The study suggests that people often don’t have the necessary skills to complete DIY jobs, with an average £158 worth of damage inflicted each year because of work that has not been done correctly. The data indicates that 54% of people refuse to pay for a professional to take on the job, whilst 39% don’t own a tool kit at all.

According to the data, almost a third of DIY undertakings result in some kind of injury, but with 11% of those surveyed suggesting that they would prefer to attempt these jobs themselves rather than allow strangers into their home, the data suggests that DIY across Britain is conflicted.

The report goes on to highlight the top 10 jobs that are avoided by even the most ardent DIY enthusiasts. This may be because they are too ambitious, or because, as aforementioned, householders don’t have the skills or confidence to complete the jobs.

The most commonly avoided tasks range from the replacement of fallen roof tiles and plumbing tasks to fitting kitchen units and laying laminate flooring. From Cheshire to Colchester, householders are being urged, by Anthony Lewis, the head of home insurance for the Co-Operative, to consider their own skill set and personal safety when they choose to undergo such tasks.

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