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We lead such busy lives these days that it’s actually hardly surprising that we need a bit of help from time to time in keeping our homes ship-shape. And now new research has revealed that 31 per cent of Brits actually hire external help so they can complete their household chores week in, week out.

Conducted by Direct Line, the study found that the top ten jobs people need help with are window cleaning, gardening, decorating, household cleaning, ironing, food shopping, laundry, childcare, cooking and walking the dog. Childcare is the service that we’re happy to spend the most on, it would seem, spending £63.26 a week on this – which is perhaps unsurprising given that nearly 3.5 million people work over 48 hours a week.

Head of SELECT Premier Insurance Nick Brabham said: “Many people have busy working lives with limited downtime, so it’s understandable that they would want to source external help for the most time-consuming or least favourite household chores. It is alarming that many people do not always check out qualifications and insurance cover when they hire help. In the instance that people may have multiple suppliers coming into their home, it’s important they check credentials to ensure they are not at risk if something goes wrong.”

The survey revealed that 44 per cent would hire an external service and invite people into their homes without first checking their insurance policies and cover. It might seem like a silly thing to have to do but, depending on the nature of the work being done, you could find that you’re not actually covered if something does go wrong.

And on the subject of inviting people into your house to do work without first checking credentials or insurance, this very definitely applies when you’re having a gas engineer over to have a look at your boiler. You need to make sure that the person or company you’re hiring has the qualifications and experience in place before you let them anywhere near this particular appliance. Faulty gas boilers can be very dangerous and can put you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s vital that you know who you’ve hired and that they’re able to do the job properly and effectively.

You should also not attempt to try and fix the boiler yourself unless you’re suitably qualified. Hiring outside help in this regard is absolutely fine and actually what you should be doing. It may seem frivolous to pay someone else to do your ironing, but you certainly shouldn’t feel this way about hiring someone to come and check your boiler over. If you do need someone to carry out some work, call us here at Nottingham boiler repairs company Home Services Assistance to see how we can help.