One third of British adults are stumped by DIY tasks

Posted 18 November 2015 by Keith Osborne

A new survey shows that many of us are not confident about taking on even simple DIY tasks around our homes...

The appeal of maintenance-free new homes has been underlined by a new survey, which has discovered that one third of adults in this country are unable to carry out simple DIY projects.

The survey, by mouldable glue manufacturers Sugru, asked 2,000 adults around the UK about a range of do-it-yourself tasks, such as painting, changing a fuse and hanging up a picture, to find out how competent they believed they were.

Wallpapering topped the list of tasks which would scupper the respondents, with nearly two-in-five saying they would not feel confident about taking it on. A third said putting up shelves was beyond them, while rewiring a plug wasn’t far behind, flummoxing three in ten of those surveyed.

Jane ni Dhulcahointigh, chief executive and inventor of Sugru, has launched a Hands On campaign to show us that some of the complex activities we take on every day with our fingers can be says re-applied to DIY projects.

Fixing a sinkShe says: “We seem to be facing a national crisis, where people don’t realise their own potential to carry out simple DIY tasks. Many of us lack the confidence to even attempt certain practical tasks feeling that they are beyond their capabilities, which simply isn’t the case.

“In a society obsessed with technology, we must ensure we maintain and value practical life skills; otherwise we will be facing a DIY dilemma. ”

The ten least favourite DIY tasks from the Sugru survey, with the percentage of those surveyed who would not take it on:

  • Wallpapering (38%)
  • Putting up shelves (33%)
  • Rewiring a plug (30%)
  • Bleeding a radiator (28%)
  • Changing a fuse (28%)
  • Building flat pack furniture (22%)
  • Unblocking a sink (21%)
  • Painting a room (21%)
  • Fixing a broken handle (20%)
  • Hanging a picture (19%)

If the thought of DIY fills you with fear, perhaps it’s time you looked for a brand new, maintenance-free home? Take a look at the new homes available at homes

DIY skills on the decline
14 March 2017
New research suggests 70% of Londoners employed outside help for home improvements and many opted to employ a handyman even for simple DIY jobsRead more
Decorating on a budget
20 December 2016
Lovell Homes are helping home buyers wanting interior design inspiration without the designer price tag by offering a range of cost-effective des...Read more
Home improvements can add value to a property
8 August 2016
A new survey reveals the returns UK homeowners expect to receive on a £50,000 investment on home improvementsRead more

Click here to see your activities