THERE is a shock for professional floorlayers in a new survey on home improvement. A staggering 41% of homeowners interviewed consider floorlaying to be a DIY job that they could tackle.
The survey on home improvement commissioned by the Travis Perkins Group, interviewed 1,092 British homeowners. While over 80% would hire a tradesman for re-wiring, bathroom installations and plastering, 87% said they would happily take on odd jobs such as small repairs around the home themselves.
Shock survey: 41% see floorlaying as a DIY job
A significant number of DIY enthusiast homeowners would attempt more complex projects themselves. Jobs they classed as DIY included painting internal (81%) and external (62%); tiling (45%); laying a floor (41%); and carpentry (30%).
Around 92% of the 45-54 age group would tackle smaller DIY and odd jobs themselves; whereas young homeowners (aged 18-24) are the most likely to call a professional. Men are more willing than women to take on DIY jobs with a higher technical skill level: 36% of men would opt for DIY carpentry jobs, for example, compared to 25% of women.
A flooring contractor, who asked not to be named, said it was the fault of the big DIY stores for creating the impression that jobs like floorlaying could be done by inexperienced home-owners ‘as weekend chores’.
‘Some of these major retailers actually sell laminate flooring as a DIY material. I have seen the results of homeowners trying to install laminates. It’s a complete disaster. Hardwood flooring, in particular, is a job for professionals. Homeowners should not come within a mile of installing a wood floor.’