According to a new study, the majority of UK homeowners have no idea where to start when it comes to tackling a DIY job.

Conducted by YouGov on behalf of John Lewis Home Solutions, the study found that many homeowners are turning to the expertise of tradespeople for some of the simplest DIY tasks. It found that in terms of regions, London based homeowners were the most uncomfortable with DIY. This included jobs such as fixing a leaking tap or changing a fuse.

Not only that, but the main reason behind homeowners staying away from DIY was for the fear of messing up. In fact, 32% stated that they would be more likely to hire tradesperson now, in comparison to five years ago.

But, with this increased need for tradespeople is also a heightened need for trust. The survey discovered that 83% of homeowners valued trust as the most important factor. Consequently, 65% most commonly hired tradespeople off the basis of recommendations from family and friends.

88% also added that they would more than likely look at a tradesperson’s credentials first too before hiring them.

So, considering all of this, could attitudes towards DIY be changing? Past research has found that cost used to be the most important factor for homeowners when hiring a tradesperson. Some didn’t even check their credentials first! Take a look at the full report on this here.

So, could British homeowners be straying away from the notion of DIY?

The head of John Lewis Home Solutions descried: “We are delighted to roll out our Home Solutions service across London and Berkshire, particularly as our research shows that this audience is more often than not turning to professional tradespeople for jobs around the house.”

“We are now making it even easier for customers to ensure they are getting the best possible service for these jobs – as we understand how time-consuming and stressful it can be.”

“With more people than ever looking for ‘Home Solutions,’ we’re proud to offer just that alongside the exceptional service expected of John Lewis.”

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