October 03, 2010 19:00 ET

Young Homeowners Inept at DIY, Says Swinton Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2010) - One in five homeowners do not know how to carry out basic DIY tasks according to a survey by Swinton Insurance.

The home insurance retailer surveyed 1,200 young homeowners and found that 18% could not put up shelves while 22% could not wire a plug. A further 27% do not know how to put up wallpaper.

Fifty-three per cent of young homeowners said they would rather pay a handy man to fix any problems while 37% would ask their dad to come help.

The survey also revealed that 53% of homeowners have had a DIY disaster.

Traditionally the older generation are good at DIY but young homeowners do not seem to have inherited the same skills.

Swinton is warning any homeowners who are thinking about doing some DIY to make sure they have the correct skills to carry out the task in hand. A DIY disaster could prove costly in the event of a claim.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, "While it isn't necessary to have great DIY skills homeowners should know what they are doing before making any home repairs themselves. A DIY disaster may not be covered on your house insurance policy so you do not want to be left with a costly repair bill."

The top DIY disasters according to Swinton are:

  • Drilling through a water pipe and flooding the home, while putting up shelves
  • Spilling paint while decorating
  • Flat pack furniture collapsing after putting it up
  • Personal injury from falling off a ladder
  • Shoddy workmanship

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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