The need for help with household chores
With sales in homeware stores across the UK reaching over £34.6billion and £7.2billion in home decor and DIY stores, it’s clear Britons love keep their house in good condition. But how many of us feel confident that we can tackle these tasks ourselves?
New search from comparethemarket.com revealed that nearly 70% of Britons seek help with household chores from friends and family. This includes tasks like cleaning (pictured above)
That’s because four in 10 (42%) have simply never learned how to do tasks properly and would need someone to show them before they attempt it themselves.
Almost two-fifths of Britons feel unable to do household chores on their ownBesides lack of capacity and expertise, research reveals additional reasons behind the need to call on family and friends for a helping hand:
|Common reasons for asking for help||Percentage of Brits who agree|
|I was never shown how to do the task correctly / I need someone else to show me before I try it for myself||42%|
|I don’t feel able to do things around the house on my own||38%|
|I’m afraid to break something||26%|
|To save money call on a professional / I have no time to waste||19%|
More than two-fifths (43%) of people aged 18-24 say they feel unable to do household chores on their own, and the second most common reason is that they have never been shown how to do it the tasks correctly and would need someone else to show them before trying them themselves (42%).
Almost one in three Britons (29%) call their spouse first when something is wrongSo who do we call when there’s a DIY dilemma, question about cleaning, or confusing furniture instructions?
Almost a third (29%) don’t hesitate to call their significant other first when something is wrong at home. Interestingly, only one in six (15%) call a professional first if they have a problem.
Parents are most often called upon to help with DIY (24%) and plumbing (22%) problems. Meanwhile, a fifth (21%) of respondents agreed that friends and neighbors are helpful in rearranging heavy furniture or appliances.
Residents of Sheffield are most likely to call their mother (25%), while it is the father and wife who are on speed dial for those in Birmingham (21%) and Edinburgh (24%). In Belfast, siblings are most likely to receive the call for help (26%).
Britons need the most help with plumbing problems (44%), electrical work (40%), DIY tasks (38%) and painting and decorating (32%).
Household chores such as plumbing problems (44%) and electrical work (40%) unsurprisingly top the list of those we need the most help with, while DIY chores (38% ) were the third most common tasks we ask for help with, followed by painting and decorating (32%).
Commenting on the research, Alex Hasty, Director of Comparethemarket.comsaid: “It’s great to be able to call on our close friends and family to help us with household chores.
If you’re installing a new shelf or redecorating a room, you don’t need to tell your insurer, but it’s a good idea to check if you’re covered for accidental damage by your home insurance, just in case. If you are planning major work on your home, it is best to talk to your supplier first.