Young people lack DIY skills: Study
Published 23/08/2010 | 16:28
More than half of young people lack the skills they need to maintain their homes, with many relying on their parents to carry out basic tasks, a survey has suggested.
Around 50% of people aged under 35 admitted they did not know how to rewire a plug, while 54% did not know how to bleed a radiator and 63% said they would not attempt to put up wallpaper, according to Halifax Home Insurance.
Other basic jobs, such as putting up shelves, were beyond 45% of those questioned, while 36% said they would not even attempt to do gardening themselves. Instead 42% would pay a professional to do the work.
Nearly two-thirds of young people admitted that their father was far better at DIY than they were.
The study also found that when the under 35s do attempt to do a job themselves and it goes wrong, it costs nearly three times as much to fix as problems caused by other age groups.
The average cost of putting right a botched DIY job carried out by someone under 35 is £2,498, compared with around £838 for those aged over 45.
Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager for Halifax Home Insurance, said: "This survey strongly suggests that younger people feel they don't have the experience or knowledge necessary to tackle even the most basic of home maintenance and DIY tasks.
"This indicates a significant number of younger householders could be storing up problems for the future, as the lack of home maintenance starts to take its toll on their homes."