Unfinished DIY could be putting Brits in danger of electrical home emergencies, research from Ocean Finance has discovered.
A survey of 2, 000 people by the loan and mortgage broker found that 33% of respondents are living in a home that features an unfinished home improvement project they started themselves. Of these, 39% had put up with the situation for more than 12 months, with 11.5% dealing with it for over five years.
Ocean Finance pointed out that many of these unfinished DIY jobs could be putting peo ple in serious danger; for instance, any project that involves unconnected or exposed electrics could lead to an electrical emergency, while partially knocked-down walls could collapse and cause devastating injuries.
The most common incomplete DIY job highlighted by the research is decorating, with 19.7% of respondents living in a home with a partially-decorated room. Other common issues include bare floorboards that are eagerly-awaiting carpets, laminate flooring or varnishing, cited by 7%, shelves that need to be put up (7.2%) and exposed plaster or walls that need a fresh coat of plaster (5.8%).
Ocean Finance representative Ian Williams noted that while it is easy to start a DIY job, it can be “far harder” to complete it. Some people simply run out of steam, while others need the help of a professional, he added.
There were some regional differences noted in the research – people in London appear to be the worst at completing DIY, with 39.1% of Londoners polled living with at least one incomplete DIY project. This was followed by Northern Ireland, at 36.8%, and Wales, at 36.7%.
Younger people, especially those aged between 25 and 34, are also among the least likely to complete DIY, with almost half (46.4%) living with an incomplete DIY job. Among people over the age of 55, this figure falls to just 25.5%.
A long delay might not matter so much for some jobs, such as assembling flat-pack furniture, but other jobs – such as those that expose electrics or gas supplies – can be very dangerous, and should be completed as a matter of urgency.
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