Just 37 minutes and three attempts is the average time it takes Britons to try their hand at a failed DIY task before giving up, according to research.

A survey of 2,000 UK homeowners by revealed that a not-so-handy 62% of the population have tried and failed at a household DIY task in the past 12 months.

78% confessed they would try to fix their household DIY problem before calling in a professional, with 32% attempting their own repairs to save money, and 27% doing so to save time.

Britons listed building flat pack furniture (68%), painting (56%), putting up a shelf (38%), wiring a socket (31%), and fixing a leaking tap (26%) among the top five DIY tasks they struggle to tackle.

As a result, the top five trades Britons turn to in times of need include electrical (59%), decorating (52%), plumbing (31%), building/construction (29%), and joinery (23%).

Sara Halman, managing director at said: “It seems the art of DIY is dying out among the British population, with more recent generations being able to turn their hand to technical computer-based problems as opposed to hands-on DIY tasks.

“Attempting to fix the problem yourself is one way to save money. However, if the job is hazardous or beyond your skill set, it is best handled by a trained and qualified professional. There is no shame in turning to a professional to ensure the job is done properly and to the highest safety standards.”

Young homeowners (those aged 25-34) called out a tradesperson five times on average in the past 12 months, compared to those aged 55-64 who did so just once.

Those in Newcastle admitted to the highest number of professional help call outs, with an average of four call outs to a tradesperson in the past 12 months, while those in Edinburgh made an average of two.