DIY dodgers pay the price for avoiding chores

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If the thought of fixing a wobbly patio or levelling an uneven floor leaves you in a cold sweat then you’re not alone.

Millions of Brits are throwing away thousands of pounds every year by paying external workmen to do jobs they could easily tackle themselves.

Heading into DIY season, a poll by Tarmac, revealed Brits could save themselves up to £4,000 a year by learning a few simple home maintenance techniques.

The survey found that 32 per cent of people in the Midlands say they avoid DIY because they’re worried about making mistakes and 23 per cent say they find it too complicated.

The research looked into the reluctance to carry out maintenance, repairs and renovation around the home and whether with a bit of patience, willing and knowledge we could actually save ourselves substantial amounts of money.

The new research coincides with Tarmac launching a national search for the UK’s worst DIY dodgers.

People are being urged to name and shame their friends and family for the chance to win £1,000 B&Q vouchers and a visit from the U-CAN handy man. Visit the DIY dodger website to find out how to ‘dob’ in a DIY dodger.

Julia Kendell, celebrity DIY expert and star of BBC One’s DIY SOS says: “If we took the time to actually learn a few basics and had a bit of patience instead of giving up at the first hurdle or not even starting in the first place, we could actually surprise ourselves with our skill and save money at the same time.”

To help DIY shy Brits Tarmac have launched a revolutionary new range of DIY repair products called U-CAN available in B&Q stores nationwide. The innovative U-CAN mix in the bag products include mortar and concrete which even the most novice home improver will be able to use.