Is DIY Dying?

The news this week that B and Q are closing sixty of their stores in the UK has been put down to a combination of factors:

  1. Young people are less skilled or less confident about DIY than their parents
  2. More people live in rented homes than in the recent past, making them less inclined to spend time and money on home improvements

From my own experience I think there’s a third factor at play, which is that more people who are in a position to spend money on home improvements are happier to pay someone else to do the work for them. Whether this is down to bigger disposable incomes or lower real-term costs, all the signs are that increasingly people on middle incomes and higher (and sometimes lower, too) are in a position to pay a professional.

Of course, it’s not just the affordability that matters, but the convenience, too. Busy lives make time saved more valuable than ever, so that paying for someone else’s time makes sense for more and more people. So perhaps we should add shortage of time to those reasons for DIY’s decline.

Certainly, in the flatpack assembly business, the most common reason I hear for booking my services is the time saved. While some customers might struggle with the physical aspect or making sense of the instructions, the net result is that the job would have taken them too long – or more time than they were prepared to devote to it. Far better to pay me or someone like me.

But whatever your reason for paying someone else to build your flat pack furniture, equipment or garden shed, it’s a perfectly valid one. Just make sure you book a professional who knows what he or she is doing. You can contact me using the form on this page or by email, phone or text.


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