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Savvy Cork prefers DIY

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:57am

Adults in Cork are spending well below the national average on home renovations with many preferring DIY to hiring professionals.

According to a survey carried out on behalf of Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), 68 per cent of those planning a home project say that where possible they would do the job themselves, with only 17 per cent of Corkonians planning to spend more than €5,000, which is far below the national average of 31 per cent.

However accidents do happen, and in spite of Cork’s DIY enthusiasm almost one in five people claim to have had a DIY related disaster in the past, with floods, falls, flat pack fails, paint covered dogs and falling shelves all mentioned.

The biggest motivation for home renovating, at 79 per cent, was a need for general updating and refurbishment, while 15 per cent of adults surveyed said it was because they could not afford to move house.

Repainting was by far the most popular project with 70 per cent naming it on their renovations agenda, while general repairs, gardening and landscaping all featured to a lesser extent.

Kitchen upgrades were next on the list with 24 per cent naming it as a priority while window replacement was mentioned by just 13 per cent, possibly reflecting the high energy performance of modern homes.

Annemarie Harte, Chief Executive of HAI, said: “Ireland is still a nation of DIYers. The fact that so many people intend carrying out home improvement projects themselves is very comforting and indicates a high level of confidence and capability when it comes to technical jobs around the home.”

Interestingly, when opting for professional help, 75 per cent of adults surveyed in Cork will base their decision on advice from friends and family rather than using the internet which only 22 per cent of people said they would use.

“It is clear that people still find it hard to trust the internet when it comes to hiring people who will work in their homes. Word of mouth and personal experience are still top,” concluded Ms Harte.

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