Now 60% of women say they’re in charge of DIY as men’s practical skills go into decline. You go, sister!
- Some 80% of British women questioned have paid for recent renovations
- Men’s practical skills are in decline as more women own their own homes
- Half of the women think they are better at home improvements than their men
If you thought DIY was just for the boys, think again. Some 60 percent of women in the UK say they are now more likely to carry out home improvements than their partners and half consider themselves handier than men, too. The news comes as more women than ever are homeowners – single women now account for more than one in five UK households.
This perhaps explains why 66 percent of those questioned said that the materials like paint, plaster and plywood are paid for from their personal bank accounts.
TOP TEN TASKS NOW CARRIED OUT BY WOMEN
1. Changing lightbulbs
2. Changing fuses
3. Fixing a leaky tap
4. Fixing the toilet
5. Replacing doorknob
6. Patching hole in the wall
8. Hanging wallpaper.
9. Sealing windows
10. Hanging Pictures
The most common answer among women, when asked why they had taken up DIY, was that ‘it was the only way to get anything done.’ While four in ten women said they wanted to stop asking their brothers, fathers and male friends for assistance, ten percent said they took up DIY to increase the value of their home, inspired by TV home improvement programmes.
But it’s not all bad news for men, 78 percent of women say their partners are consulted on the planning, design and decor. Another recent study into Brit’s DIY habits, carried out E.ON Energy, found that just under half of Brits (44 percent) are guilty of ‘DIY delay’, after failing to complete energy-saving tasks around the home. The poll found that 61 percent of the 2,000 respondents to the survey said that bleeding radiators was the task most people left unfinished. Some 52 percent ignored fitting loft insulation and 42 percent won’t get round to a new boiler.
Lynne Wilson, director at WD Bathrooms said: ‘It comes as no surprise that as women are increasingly spending more on their homes they want to learn skills that will potentially save them money on tradesmen.
‘DIY is no longer just a man’s domain.’
By Scarlett Russell/Daily Mail
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