Household jobs still a man's work
Odd jobs around the house continue to be a man's responsibility, according to a survey of Dutch households.19 March 2008
AMSTERDAM – Odd jobs around the house continue to be a man's responsibility, it seems. In two out of three households the man is the one who does the most odd jobs.
This has emerged from a survey of 1,000 people by the De Vos & Jansen bureau, commissioned by Reader's Digest. The results of the survey were announced Wednesday.
94 percent of the households polled say they make home repairs themselves in order to save on costs; most of this work is done on the weekend.
It doesn't always go smoothly however: three in ten DIYers say they've had to call in a professional at some point to finish the job they started.
Two-thirds of these home handymen take pleasure in odd jobs, the rest see them as a source of irritation.
The survey says that half of the Dutch spend between EUR 100 and 500 on jobs around the house each year. One in ten says they spend more than EUR 1,500. 6 percent of respondents have borrowed money to cover the expenses.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]