Direct Line: Insurance 'better than DIY'

03 November 2005
Women should consider taking out insurance to cover accidental damage instead of relying on men to do DIY repairs, says Direct Line Home Response 24.

A survey by the insurance company revealed 81 per cent of men fail to finish DIY projects, causing arguments among over half of British couples.

"Home improvements and repairs are often a source of great stress for couples, especially those who try to carry out the work themselves," said head of home insurance at Direct Line, Andrew Lowe.

"Rather than put themselves under this pressure, couples should consider hiring an expert or getting appropriate insurance to cover emergency repair work," he added.

Direct Line found over a quarter of women had waited for up to a year for a DIY job to be finished, while five per cent used emotional blackmail to get the job done.

According to a survey by UK tools company C.K., over 250,000 Brits injure themselves when doing DIY, while 60 per cent prefer to hire a professional rather than tackle the job themselves.

Direct Line says 12 per cent of couples spend up to £500 hiring professional help to avoid fights over DIY.

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