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30 April 2020 Posted by 

Power of the DYI: Research reveals Aussie's preferences

FORGET about being king of the bedroom, Aussies want a partner who does their best work in the garage.

Now, before you all start protesting that Access has descended into the depths of depravity having been in lockdown too long, bear with me.

New research by equipment hire company, Kennards Hire, has ‘revealed’ that 64% of Aussies would prefer their partner to be better at DIY than in the bedroom.

Tasmania, the land of bushy beards where men are men and trees are nervous, topped the list of those most DIY-infatuated. A whopping 70% of Aussies on the map of Tasmania cited their preference for a DIY savvy partner over one that is good in bed.

The survey, which quizzed more than 1000 Australians from all walks of life, also revealed that one in ten said that a partner being good at DIY played a key role in them wanting to marry them.

The research, which looked into what jobs are high up our to-do list, was undertaken by Kennards Hire encouraging Aussies to stick to their planned projects, because it seems when it comes to DIY skills, handy men are 10 out of 10s.


Kennards Hire is an Australian family-owned and operated company that has been in the hire industry for 70 years, with 180 sites and branches across Australia and New Zealand.

While a lack of ambition towards DIY is a clear turn off, it is not enough of a reason for most people to completely end a relationship. However, one in 10 Queenslanders said they have considered it in the past.

It is not surprising people value handyman skills in their partner, given one in four people admitted to walking away from multiple DIY projects in the past. For millennials, it was one in three.

The top jobs which have caused Aussies to throw in the towel include, painting indoor walls (24%) and landscaping the yard (24%), as well as larger projects such as bathroom overhauls (15%) and kitchen renovations (10%).

It is an eye-opening fact that the research found DIY skills were particularly important to millennials, with almost half (45%) agreeing good DIY skills make men more sexually appealing.

Two in five people (41%) under 55 would also rather tackle a DIY project than go on a date with their partner, although baby boomers still prefer a more classic romantic experience with only four per cent saying they would ditch a date for DIY.

General Manager Marketing & Customer Experience at Kennards Hire Manelle Merhi said with people at home more than usual they had seen an increase of people looking to get stuck in and complete DIY projects around the home.

“Rather than gifts, perhaps the way to really wow your partner is to give your backyard a makeover or freshen up your walls with a coat of paint,” she said.

“We’ve been known to provide scissor lifts for weddings and metal detectors to find lost engagement rings, so if a floor sander or demo saw will help you win over hearts, we’re here to help.”

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