DIY skills 'being lost'

DIY skills 'being lost'Skills required to undertake DIY projects are "beginning to be lost in the midst of time", a home improvement expert has said.

Jason Orme, editor at Homebuilding and Renovating magazine, said that DIY skills used to be handed down generation after generation.

He added that young people no longer have basic maintenance skills, which he called "disappointing".

"There is the idea that if something is broken then you don't try and fix it, you just buy a new one," Mr Orme went on.

"The first port of call for somebody whose boiler may be broken is not to think about fixing it or getting somebody in to fix it, it is probably just to buy a new one. The same applies to simple projects around the home."

Earlier this week, a report from Saga Home Insurance revealed that over-50s are far more likely than younger people to undertake simple DIY projects around the house.

According to the study, more than a quarter of people over the age of 50 would repair roof tiles – compared to just one per cent of those aged 25 to 34 years.

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