British women say ‘no thanks’ to DIY husbands
A recent survey conducted among female U.K. homeowners found that 61% would rather hire a professional for a repair job than give it to their husband or significant other. The on-line survey was conducted by myhammer.com.uk.
At the top of the list of the jobs women felt their partners could not complete to a good standard were fitting [remodeling] a kitchen (57%); tiling a bathroom (47%); laying flooring (43%); and replacing an electrical socket (34%). Only 35% entrusted their partners with wallpapering.
The survey, which involved 2000 women, was undertaken by online research specialist OnePoll in March 2011.
MyHammer is an on-line listing of certified contractors that allows consumers to get quotes for jobs from builders, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen and then submit reviews once the work is done.
Champion Window reveals ambitious expansion plans
Champion Windows, the Cincinnati-based maker of windows and patio rooms, has opened a new showroom in Fredericksburg, Va., its third new site so far in 2011, according to an article in the Cincinnati Business Courier.
The company now has 80 locations in more than 35 states and nine more in the pipeline; 15 more are planned for 2012. The company’s stated goal is to reach 60% of U.S. households over the next five years to take advantage of national advertising opportunities. Its current coverage is 30%, according to CEO Denny Manes.
Founded in 1953, the privately owned remodeling company installs most of its products and also has a brokerage division that helps customers arrange financing.
Cincinnati and Denver are among the company’s largest markets, according to the article. The company operates factories in Cincinnati, Ohio and Denver. It also sells and installs doors, siding and awnings.
Industry Dashboard for March 21, 2011
Unadjusted retail sales for home centers and hardware stores for January show improvement over the same month last year.
Elsewhere on the Dashboard, the housing-starts needle swings in the wrong direction to a pace of 479,000 on a seasonally adjusted annual basis. Single-family starts slip to 375,000, the lowest level since March 2009.