Brits avoid Bank Holiday DIY
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by Gill Montia
Although over two-thirds (68%) of UK homeowners say that they roll up their sleeves and get stuck into home maintenance and DIY tasks over a typical Bank Holiday weekend, 15 million DIY dodgers cook up excuses to get out of tackling property jobs.
According to new research from insurer, Legal & General, millions of Brits will be procrastinating over such chores as the long June Bank Holiday approaches, and coming up with avoidance strategies such as:
Saying they will be disappearing to the pub for the day to meet friends (2.8 million).
Saying that they’d rather arrange to spend the day with their family / in-laws (1.9 million).
Offering to take their family on a day trip rather than do DIY (3.2 million).
Saying that they will be going on holiday (2.6 million)
L&G’s director of general insurance, Mike Lawler, comments: “Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware that they do have a responsibility to look after their property and make sure it is in a good state of repair as part of the terms of their home insurance cover.”
Adding: “Spending some time over the long bank holiday to fix those ‘little’ problems around the home may be boring compared with other things they could do – but prevention is always much better than a cure.”
L&G’s research was conducted by Vision Critical via a nationally representative sample of 2,061 UK 18+ adults between 6th and 10th April 2012.
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