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Results of B&Q consumer survey on DIY

More than half of us are scared of DIY, with four out of ten of us even going so far as to say we hate it, according to a new poll.

As well as the 53 per cent that have a fear of DIY, the B&Q survey found that 29 per cent of respondents claim to be absolutely terrible at household repairs, while one in ten think their partner should take more responsibility for the upkeep of the house.

Despite arguing with a partner over the state of their house, 39 per cent of people claim the last thing they want to do after working long hours are household tasks and chores. A third of those polled would much prefer to spend their leisure time relaxing and enjoying themselves.

66 per cent of homeowners have unfinished DIY jobs around the house, with more than half saying they don't know how to complete them, according to the poll of 2,000 people.
The same survey shows that, despite 62 per cent of us seeing DIY as a chore rather than a hobby, a third of us are set to do more DIY this year than in previous years - but almost 60 per cent of us don’t believe we have the skills to do it.
Katherine Paterson, B&Q’s Marketing Director says; 'B&Q is on a mission to make DIY easier and part of this is the admission that most of us are scared of or just don’t like DIY.
'And that’s the key - we want to give the nation the skills and confidence to DIY like our grandparents did. We want to teach the nation to DIY again.'

Miss Paterson pointed out that we have rediscovered are enthusiasm for cookery thanks to the encouragement of celebrity chefs, TV programmes and glossy cookbooks.

'With the help of our celebrity ambassadors Alan Titchmarsh, Kirstie Allsopp and George Clarke and our army of City & Guilds qualified employees we’re all on a mission to turn DIY into something we do together - DIT is the new DIY,' she said.
Celebrity ambassador, Kirstie Allsopp added: 'Re-use, recycle, redecorate! We can all have a go.

'If I can re-tile a bathroom then anyone can, and that’s the great thing about my B&Q partnership – inspiring and exciting everyone; boys and girls, kids and grannies, to have a go at doing it.'

Source : Mail online

27 March 2011
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