New research has revealed that a “DIY intelligence” gap has opened up between today’s young adults and their parent’s generation, with more than 1 in 3 under 35 year-olds admitting that they ‘call dad’ before trying to fix a problem.
It found that 7 in 10 (70%) of adults under the age of 35 said they would need to call in assistance to turn off their water supply in the event of a flood, compared to only 20% of over 55s. The findings also show that half of UK adults (24 million people) don't know how to do at least one of the following: rewire a plug, bleed a radiator or clear a blocked drain.
The research, which surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK, found that 1 in 4 homeowners felt they had been ripped off by a workman, and three quarters (72%) said they would not be able to recognise if a DIY job was overpriced.
Alarming statistics also revealed that over 55s believed that they were five times less likely to be ripped off by a rogue tradesman than under 35s and they also had a better understanding of the language that workmen use – only three in ten (30%) of under 35s know what a stopcock is, compared to more than eight in ten (84%) of over 55s.
Josh Savinson, the founder of Plumber Now said:
“Resolving problems around the home can feel like another chore in our busy lives and there is no shame in calling in the experts.
“What is alarming though is that younger adults are more likely to be ripped off by rogue tradesmen, which may be due to them having less knowledge around the home than their parent’s generation."