A recent survey has said that, over the last twelve months, 10% of British adults have become “less scared” of DIY. No, they weren’t waking up in the middle of the night, sweat pouring down their brows, screaming at the thought of replacing a light fitting, but rather they are now more likely to “do it themselves. This is a good thing all round these people will be able to fix things in an emergency; they won’t have to splash out on an expensive electrician or plasterer or decorator; they might even be able to offer up their services as part of a new business. The only people who seem to stand a chance of losing out are the professionals who might have fewer jobs to go to.
A large number of people have been developing the “do it yourself” mentality of late, mostly due to the financial gains they stand to benefit from. As reports come in of the possibility that we might be about to plunge into a triple dip recession, people are looking to save money in any way that they can, and turning to DIY is simply one of the easiest ways to lower any unnecessary expenditure. Home improvement behemoth B&Q announced a ten per cent rise in home improvement sales, citing people’s desire to save money by doing up their homes themselves as the primary reason. They also reported a 10% increase in demand for online information since the previous year, with many people searching for tutorials to help them complete simple tasks at home. B&Q plans to fill the gap in the market with online video tutorials, hosted by celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh and Kirstie Allsopp.
Do It Yourself.
As so many people are beginning to take up the DIY challenge, why aren’t you doing the same. As we’ve touched upon already, it’s a great money saver, so you really have nothing to lose (unless you are particularly clumsy or unlucky, in which case, stay away from the electrics). There are plenty of resources available for you to try out online, from how to correctly put up the wallpaper to more specialised projects, such as how to make your very own spit roaster! One of our favourite sites for hint and tips is Lifehacker, so make sure you have a look at that for inspiration. If you find that you’re really awful, or just learn that you don’t get on very well with video tutorials, the best thing to do is take some classes. Often, a college will offer some courses, but we prefer the DIY School courses with plenty of choice, you’re bound to find something to pique your interest. Once you’ve got things covered, the world (of DIY) is your oyster! Now you can fend for yourself at home, or even follow in the footsteps of other handiwork lovers and start charging other people for your services.