Hire-a-Hubby franchisee Peter Holmes is getting plenty of work doing repairs and gardening.
Hire-a-Hubby franchisee Peter Holmes is getting plenty of work doing repairs and gardening.

Is hubby too lazy?

IPSWICH husbands aren't what they used to be around the house compared to their counterparts from 50 years ago.

A survey of 500 Australian women found the majority believed their husbands and partners were lacking in the home handyman department.

More than 70% of the women said the rise of technology-based careers over trades and plain old laziness were the main contributors to the handyman's demise.

The survey also found three quarters of Australian women believed men were less handy today than 50 years ago.

It is something Karalee Hire-a-Hubby franchisee Peter Holmes has found in his day to day conversations with housewives.

The busy nature and financial strains of life in the 21st century has put jobs around the home on the backburner for most men.

After a hard day at work, fixing a leaky tap was the last thing a husband wanted to do on arriving home, he said.

"Both partners are always working. The women always say, 'My hubby would do it but they are working'. Everyone is working more hours," he said.

On top of increased workloads, Mr Holmes said school leavers were often not taught the DIY basic skills by their own dads, which added to the growing number of requests.

He takes on pupils for work experience and has found himself acting as a DIY tutor.

"A lot of kids don't do anything because they don't have the skills. It's good having the kids with me to teach them."

Since taking over the franchise in August, Mr Holmes averages four calls a day for jobs ranging from 10-minute quick fixes to three-week bathroom and garden overhauls.

He expects the trend of time-poor husbands issuing an SOS to DIY experts to continue.

"I think demand will stay the same. There will always be a demand for it," he said.

 

Handy findings

39% of respondents indicated their partner was 'just happy to see the job finished' while only 11% indicated their partner was 'resentful'.

General property maintenance, including basic household repairs, ranked highest as the jobs respondents most wanted completed in 2012.

Handyman jobs can take as little as 10 minutes and as much as three weeks to complete.



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