Seven in ten residents in Leicester struggle with DIY and have given up hope of ever being able to do it, according to a new study from Bosch Home and Garden. As a result, today it is launching its ‘Pass It On‘ campaign to help encourage the next generation to learn vital new skills and become amateur home DIYers themselves as part of their New Year’s resolutions.
Researchers polled 1,500 Brits and discovered that nearly 40 per cent of people in Leicester have resigned themselves to being hopeless around the house, with a further 46 per cent admitting they have never fixed a dripping tap and 50 per cent insist they haven’t cleaned out the guttering.
Over 50 per cent said they still ask their parents to come over to help out with practical tasks including putting up wallpaper, painting a wall or fixing a broken toilet seat.
Of those polled from Leicester, nearly 10 percent said they have tried and tried but have given up ever being able to master basic home maintenance.
The research showed that over seven in ten respondents said that Brits have lost the art of DIY and 46 per cent of Leicester adults feel immense pressure to be able to perform basic home improvements – but can’t. Bosch Home and Garden feels this is now the perfect time to address these issues before DIY and gardening skills and know-how are lost forever.
To coincide with the launch of the Pass It On campaign and as part of the nation‘s New Year’s resolutions for 2018, it has introduced a new inspiration hub to help pass on essential DIY and gardening knowledge and skills to consumers. It provides expert step-by-step guides, DIY advice for learning new skills, as well as detailed projects to encourage people to make items for themselves and give them the confidence they need to get hands on.
The poll also revealed 61 per cent have never attempted to re-tile a bathroom, over one third couldn’t put up a shelf and over 43 per cent would be clueless about hanging wallpaper.
In addition, 29 per cent of all adults have never had a stab at changing a plug.
Ironically nearly 82 per cent of us have a toolbox with an average of £370 worth of tools and equipment gathering dust in our houses.
A spokesperson for Bosch Home and Garden, which commissioned the study said: “We have been concerned that as a nation, we haven‘t been passing DIY skills on to the next generation and this research confirms the urgent need for our ‘Pass it On‘ campaign. Many adults are lacking the basics and it‘s our role as market leader to help re-educate the nation and encourage, inspire and enable generations to pass on those DIY skills in 2018 and beyond.
‘‘By pledging to learn a new skill or sharing an existing one, we’re encouraging people to pass on their DIY knowledge and expertise to generations to come so that the nation can be proud of their own home improvements and gain that sense of satisfaction and personal achievement.“
The poll found the average person in Leicester calls in help between two and three times a year with 14 per cent feeling awful for having to rely on elderly parents to tackle their home improvements.
Nearly one third admitted to never learning any practical skills from their parents or grandparents and over 60 per cent said the previous generation was far more practically minded than they are.
Nearly 30 per cent of those studied said they have experienced a DIY disaster, with 46 per cent confessing to taking a chance and just drilling through a wall.
It’s no wonder then that 46 per cent of adults in Leicester pay a professional tradesman to tackle their home improvements and nine per cent pay a friend to get their hands dirty.
Over one third confess to just trying to muddle through by doing the odd job themselves but a laid back 9 per cent claim that nothing ever gets done in their home and they are happy to leave it to rack and ruin.
DIY JOBS THAT BRITS WON’T TACKLE
Re-tiling the bathroom
Hanging a door
Cleaning out the guttering
Fixing a dripping tap
Changing a plug
Fitting a new light
Putting on a new toilet seat
Putting up a shelf
Filling in a crack in the wall
Paint / varnish a fence
Painting a room
Hanging a picture
Assembling flatpack furniture
To help kickstart gaining those essential DIY and gardening skills and make it part of your New Year’s resolutions, take a look at our website and get inspired. This DIY hub will help you find step-by-step guides, DIY hints and tips, inspirational project ideas and seasonal projects. If you already have the skills and feel able to help others by passing on that knowledge and know-how, then get in touch through our Facebook page and share your expertise.