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35% of the British public will attempt DIY tasks over Easter, says Wickes

- Over 1/3 (35%) of Brits are planning on doing DIY this Easter weekend
- Most people (41%), turn to a family member for help
- 1 in 5 of those questioned admitted to having 'botched' home improvement jobs

Over a third (35%)* of Britons are planning to do DIY jobs this Easter weekend, and according to research by home improvement retailer Wickes, most of us will be turning to family members for guidance. Over two-thirds (41%) of those questioned have sought advice from their nearest and dearest before starting a DIY project. However, with 1 in 5 of those questioned admitting to having 'botched' a home improvement job in the past, Wickes is urging people to seek expert advice before starting any DIY this Easter weekend.

When it comes to DIY, both women and men prefer to trust the wisdom of their fathers or grandfathers rather than ask for professional advice. Of those questioned, 45% of women and 36% of men turn to a family member for DIY help, with only 13% of both sexes asking for advice from either their local DIY store or through speaking to a skilled tradesman. The second most popular source of DIY inspiration came from friends with 22% of male and 15% of female respondents looking to their mates for tips.

The Wickes research suggests some people are very fortunate to have dads or granddads that can help practically in their homes. However, with 1 in 5 (22%) of those questioned admitting to 'botching' a DIY job, it is clear that for some of us, family members' willingness to help could be supplemented with some expert help and advice.

Mark Edwards, Wickes DIY Category Controller, says: "Family members can be a great source of help and inspiration but not all of us are fortunate enough to have dads or granddads who can teach us the tricks of the trade. For those who could do with some extra help this Easter Wickes will be their "DIY Dad." DIY-ers can come in store and speak to our store colleagues, or look on our website for a wide selection of 'how-to' videos and Good Idea Leaflets, which are filled with expert tips and advice to ensure their DIY jobs go without a glitch this Easter."

*Research conducted amongst 1,000 consumers by 72 Point in March 2012

Source : PR Newswire

03 April 2012
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