Assessment of the Determinant Factors of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Maintenance Approaches to Housing: A Perspective of Owner-occupiers and Tenants

Abisuga, O. ; Adenuga, O. ; Farinloye, O. (2011-09)

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The study assessed the practice of do-it-yourself (DIY) maintenance as a means of improving housing stock in Lagos state. The study identified the factors influencing and militating against the practice. In achieving the set objectives, the study adopted research survey technique. A total of 300 questionnaires comprising 160 for owner-occupiers and 140 for tenants were administered for the study. The population was selected from fifteen (15) local government areas in Lagos state, based on stratified random sampling technique. Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of the study revealed that the factors influencing the practice of do-it-yourself (DIY) maintenance are; to provide a habitable environment, to retain the performance of facilities amongst others while the factors militating against the practice are; jobs involving special skills, health and safety issues, lack of technical know-how amongst others. The hypotheses postulated reveal that there is an association between the factors influencing the practice of do-it yourself (DIY) maintenance by the owner-occupiers and the tenants. There is also an agreement between the factors militating against the practice as perceived by the owner-occupiers and the tenants. Based on the findings, the study recommends vocational training for building users, building products should be user’s friendly, provision of DIY manual for products and tools that will facilitate the practice amongst others.