RIP DIY

At a time when the UK has been experiencing the earliest widespread snowfall since 1993, Saga Home Insurance asked more than 2,000 adults which maintenance jobs they planned to do themselves in preparation for the winter weather.

Key findings:

· More than a quarter of people over 50 will repair loose or missing roof tiles before winter sets in compared with merely 1% of 25 to 34 year olds.

· 38% of people over 50 will cut back trees and bushes themselves to prevent damage to the home in bad weather. This compares to just 10% of 18 – 24 year olds.

· The over 50s were three times more likely than the under 35s to turn their hand to repairing leaking or cracked pipes (12% versus 4%).

In contrast younger age-groups are far more likely to call in the professionals than turn their hands to DIY. 18% of 18 – 44 year olds are more willing to pay to have a tradesman fix their leaking or broken pipes compared to a mere 5% who would endeavour to do it themselves.

Ros Altmann, Director-General, Saga Group commented: “The older generations are far more willing to get hands on when it comes to preparing their home for winter. In contrast, the younger generation is less willing to give it a go themselves, whether this is due to a lack of know-how or time constraints is not clear. But getting your house safe and sound for the winter is a sensible thing to do and may save you time and money in the long run,”

Saga’s bad weather preparation checklist

· Make sure your boiler is serviced and maintained regularly

· Check gutters for blockages and there are no loose or cracked roof tiles

· Check loft and pipe insulation

· Ensure you have salt for icy paths and sandbags if flooding is likely

· Check paintwork and putty on windows for gaps and cracking

· Tidy up the garden, make sure there are no branches that could cause damage to your home in strong winds

· Sweep chimneys and flues

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