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Half of young women fearful of tradesmen

ALMOST half of young women would feel nervous about letting a handyman into their home.

A survey of more than 25,000 people found that younger women between the ages of 25 and 35 are the most likely to feel uncomfortable at the prospect of letting someone in to do handy work.

It also revealed that most homeowners' biggest fears include being robbed or assaulted by an unscrupulous tradesman.

A fifth of men also admitted that they would feel some degree of apprehension about inviting a tradesman inside.

The survey by the AA also found that despite old-age pensioners being seen as one of society's most vulnerable groups, and most likely to require outside help, they would be less nervous than others.

Overall, 24pc of those aged over 65 said they would feel some anxiety at the prospect.

Director of consumer affairs at the AA, Conor Faughnan, said "it's interesting to see that there's quite a sense of mistrust when it comes to tradesmen these days".

The insurance provider gave a number of tips to homeowners on finding a reliable tradesman, including hiring by word-of-mouth between friends and family.


Other suggestions were asking for references, proof of training and insurance, and reading up on consumer rights.

Mr Faughnan said that despite people's fears, he expects to see an increase in the amount of handy work carried out in Irish homes over the next couple of years.