Changing a lightbulb, cleaning the oven, and bleeding radiators are pretty simple tasks, but nearly half of UK homeowners admit they’ve called in a professional to help with these jobs after they put off doing them themselves during lockdowns.
A recent survey of over 2,000 UK homeowners conducted by home and business solutions specialist BiGDUG, reveals which tasks most people put off as well as the tardiest cities across the UK.
The average household admitted to putting off over four home or garden-related tasks during lockdowns in the past year, with 11% even revealing they dragged their feet with up to nine jobs. Gardening was the task most people procrastinated over (39%) followed by painting (36%) and cleaning the oven (31%).
However, there are a whole mix of different jobs that proved to be a burden for some people, resulting in many calling in a professional to do it for them.
The top 10 jobs Brits avoided throughout lockdown and paid a professional to do:
4. Repairing fences
5. Fixing broken furniture / appliances
6. Cleaning the oven
7. Changing a doorknob
8. Changing the shower head
9. Bleeding radiator
10. Changing a lightbulb
And, with the average call out costing £121, the cost can soon add up.
Those in Edinburgh are the least green fingered across the country, with over a third (36%) needing a gardener to help them with outdoor chores. Brummies are the least handy when it comes to building flat pack furniture, with 11% splurging on a professional to do it for them.
Men were more likely than women to pay a professional to do their dirty work for them, at 76% versus 71% respectively.
Among those who haven’t lifted a finger, over a third (36%) blame a lack of motivation, and 31% say they were so fed up with lockdown they “couldn’t be bothered” to do any fun activities, let alone household chores.
Other key reasons include being too lazy and procrastinating (26%), whilst one in five (21%) say they don’t have the confidence to do the jobs themselves. One in ten (11%) also ‘forgot’.
Polly Maclennan, Public Relations Manager at BiGDUG, said: “We’re all guilty of putting off household jobs no matter how big or small they are. Whether it’s because we want to spend the extra time relaxing or just simply can’t be bothered, it’s easy to have someone come in and help, and most important of all, do it correctly.
“If you’re planning work in your house or garden, whether it’s decluttering, changing a lightbulb or upcycling a piece of furniture, BiGDUG has a whole range of helpful storage solutions and work benches to aid your projects.”