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Is DIY a dying skill?

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Do you have good DIY skills? If you’re under 35 and handy with a toolkit then you are in the minority. As this shocking infographic shows, DIY is a dying art. While our grandparents grew up in a culture of “Make do and mend”, and our parents took pride in self-sufficiency and saving money by doing basic jobs themselves, a significant number of people aged between 18 and 35 would call a repairman to do something as simple as change a lightbulb!

A Don’t DIY Generation

One in three adults under the age of 35 will call their parents before they try to tackle a basic DIY chore. This lack of independence and willingness to “have a go” has caused a huge knowledge gap.

  • 10% of young adults don’t change their own light bulbs
  • 75% don’t know how to bleed a radiator
  • 75% have never changed a fuse and don’t know how to turn off their water supply

A Forgotten Skill?

The jobs that young adults lack the knowledge to do around the house are not complex ones. The majority of adults between the ages of 55 and 75 know how to change a plug, clear a blocked drain, bleed radiators and perform other day-to-day home maintenance tasks. For some reason, however, these skills have not been passed down to the younger generation.

One possible reason for the lack of DIY skills in younger people is that those people belong to what the housing industry calls “generation rent”. The number of people renting properties instead of buying has increased by 50 percent over the last decade, and renters are more likely to call a landlord to get basic repairs done, instead of tackling the jobs themselves.

Why We No Longer Love to Do it Ourselves

While an inability to change a lightbulb may be incomprehensible to most of the population, it is easier to understand why bigger DIY tasks such as replacing roof shingle, plastering and plumbing are falling by the wayside. Failed DIY jobs cost the average household £158 per year in callout fees and repair work. In addition, DIY injuries such as cuts, pulled muscles, back ache or injuries related to falling off a ladder are quite common. According to one survey conducted by The Co-operative Insurance, one third of people have injured themselves by attempting DIY, and while most homeowners say that they have tried to tackle home improvement jobs themselves, only 36% own a proper tool kit.

It appears that DIY is falling out of fashion because it is intimidating, most people don’t own the right tools, and it can be expensive if it goes wrong. This is unfortunate because it means that young homeowners are not picking up basic life skills, and they will not be able to pass them on to their children. They are also more likely to get ripped off by unscrupulous tradesmen, because they lack the vocabulary required to decipher their quotes. If you’re a young homeowner, consider taking a short DIY course – it could save you a fortune in the long run!

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