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Staggering number of Brits in the dark about how their home works

62% of Brits have no idea about how their home functions - from heating systems/boilers, radiators, electrics and water pipes, 41% admit they don’t know where their water stopcock is and 38% have no idea how to use it, but it doesn’t stop there:

  • 40% don't know how to re-pressurise the boiler
  • 45% have had arguments with their partner because of home maintenance issues, with 24% calling on their parents when struck by a DIY emergency
  • 35% are clueless when it comes to finding their gas meter
  • 31% are unsure of where their fuse box is
  • 26% don’t even know where the boiler lives  

It’s no laughing matter

With the average water leak claim costing around the £4,000 for an escape of water or burst pipe, shockingly 44% of people didn’t know how to fix a leak and 53% not knowing what a leak detector is – we know that prevention is better than cure, so we’re urging your clients to brush up on their own home and DIY knowledge.

We found that 58% of the nation have had to live without hot water for a weekend because their boiler stopped working and our home emergency claims data found that 27% of call outs were due to not getting the boiler serviced within the recommended timescales. 

Parents to the rescue 

The Mum and Dad home knowledge bank is a popular place for support, as almost a quarter of Brits (24%) admit their parents are the first people they call when they have a DIY crisis, and that increased by 141% for young adults (18-29). 

From finding their fuse boxes and resetting the trip switch, bleeding radiators to reading the meters: basic DIY skills are seriously lacking, but 44% of Brits wished they were more practical when it came to fixing problems in the home.

DIY – no thank you

Homeowners have also admitted causing some DIY disasters or making a problem worse when trying to fix something themselves, 44% wished they were more practical when it came to fixing problems in their house, 28% complained that TV home improvement shows make DIY look easy, lulling you into a false sense of security. 

We know how important it is for your clients to protect their homes and with our Platinum and Gold Home insurance, your clients can rest assured they'll be covered if the worst should happen.

Research of 2,000 Brits was commissioned by LV= General Insurance and conducted by Perspectus Global in June 2023. LV= General Insurance home emergency data – September 2022.