B&Q has launched its own Handyman service prompted, the retailer says, by 42% of homeowners who have said they would rather ask someone else for help.
The Handyman service, which will be trialled in stores across London and Manchester, offers reluctant diy-ers a friendly and professional 'odd-job-man.'
Services range from basic plumbing to the assembly of furniture working anything from an hour to a full eight-hour day.
Jobs that can be undertaken include:
Plumbing: replacing taps or WC flush, fitting sink or WC, plumbing in washing machines or dishwashers;
Fixing: fitting shelves, blinds or curtain rails, hanging mirrors and artwork, wall-mounting flat-screen TVs;
Assembly: assembly of patio heaters, BBQs, patio furniture, swings, benches and hammocks;
Electrics: replacing light switches, lights and extractor fans;
Decorating: resealing bath or shower, touching-up paintwork, repairing internal cracks;
Installation: installation of outside taps, water butts or loft ladders;
Joe Riordon, services director at B&Q commented: "Our aim is to provide an efficient and valuable Handyman service to everyone."
Prices start from £75/hour in London, and range up to £350 for a full eight-hour day, and from £60/hour in Manchester up to £280 for a full eight-hour day.