Over-50s take to DIY

Published:  27 May, 2010

FOLKESTONE: More over-50s choose to tackle DIY home improvements according to Saga Home Insurance. Over a third (37%) of over 50s are so confident in their DIY abilities that they rarely seek guidance from friends, family or professionals, and one in 10 (11%) are so confident that they never seek advice.

The over-50s are better placed than most to deal with these emergencies as a fifth (22%) know a tradesmen such as a plumber or electrician that they can rely on in such a situation, which is twice as many as the under-50s, where just one in 10 (11%) would know who to call.

Men are much more secure in their do-it-yourself expertise, with one in five (19%) confident carrying out jobs around the house, compared to 5% of women.

People in Scotland are doing the most DIY to save money (31%, compared to less than one in five (19%) in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The results of the Saga research support by figures from Bosch that show men are losing interest in DIY, with a fifth of respondents to its survey claiming that they hate performing such tasks, while 40% said they are often too busy.

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