Trades Supermarket

Trades Supermarket

March 04, 2011 09:01 ET

The Decline in Family Spending Power Isn't Discouraging the UK's Enthusiasm for DIY, Says

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - Despite January representing the second record-breaking month in a row with family spending power declining a further 4.7 per cent, the UK's house-proud DIY enthusiasts haven't been deterred from purchasing required Building Materials and decorating and revamping their properties themselves, according to shopping comparison website for tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts,

In January, the average UK household had £174 a week of flexible income, a fall of £9 per week and the largest decline since 2007.

With the remnants of the recession still overhanging and the possibility of a 'double-dip' looming, families are still being cautious about their spending. However, home owners are as keen as ever to ensure that their properties are properly maintained and as a result are tackling decoration, repair and renovation themselves rather than paying for a professional.

TV favourite and Trades Supermaket brand ambassador Tommy Walsh, commented: "The last few years have been tough on families and so more and more people have been telling me that they're now choosing to do their own DIY instead of calling in the professionals.

"At Trades Supermarket we have everything from Sanders and saws to taps and lamps from big name merchants to independents, all available to search at the click of a button."

In addition to listing the products of the UK's larger and more well-known merchants including B&Q, Screwfix and Wickes, smaller independents and niche operators are also on the site, providing an important balance of materials, tools and prices, from brands such as Makita and Ryobi.

Tommy finished: "To help DIYers we also have my Trade Secrets - a selection of walk-through, how-to videos which offer helpful hints and tips along with a materials and tools list."

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