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Brits 'not confident' in DIY abilities

Brits 'not confident' in DIY abilities

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 07/04/2009
First Published: 06/04/2009

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Many Britons do not believe they are as skilled as their parents when it comes to DIY, research from Halifax has revealed.

According to the poll, 43 per cent do not think they are as handy as the generation before them, with almost two-thirds stating they do not feel confident enough to wallpaper a room.

However, with the bank finding that one-third are planning to carry out DIY work over the Easter weekend, head of underwriting for Halifax Home Insurance David Rochester suggested that a degree of reluctance may be a good thing when it comes to premiums.

"Trying to tackle areas you are not qualified for such as gas, electrics or plumbing work can invalidate a home insurance policy, leaving the homeowner liable for the cost of any subsequent damage," he said.

Meanwhile, a survey by M&S Money has found that 64 per cent of people are planning to attempt to cut costs by carrying out work themselves over Easter, rather than employing a tradesman.

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