Tradespeople are wasting more than 30 minutes every day making their work area in their customers’ homes accessible by tidying up – all before starting work.
The research, by home insulation company Heat Insulation, found that 62 per cent of tradespeople said they’d rather be doing their skilled job. And 17 per cent said they’d rather finish work earlier.
The survey of 172 UK tradesmen and women was aimed at understanding the frustrations they have in their working day.
The survey asked: “How much time is wasted by tradespeople who must ‘clean’ customer homes?”
- 1+ hours (8%)
- 30 minutes to 1 hour (65%)
- 20-30 minutes (13%)
- 10-20 minutes (9%)
- Less than 10 minutes (5%)
Ricky Swann, managing director of Heat Insulation, says he often hears from fellow tradespeople that they are annoyed at wasting their time doing cleaning work. “I’ve personally fallen victim to it a few times,” he says. “I decided to start a little side project to understand how much time is wasted.
“We can all appreciate that we are sometimes performing emergency work or going into a space that isn’t often visited, such as the loft, but that shouldn’t really be an excuse. Homeowners could save money by preparing a workspace beforehand.”