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HSS reports increasing DIY hire as UK customers start doing it for themselves

Manchester. 08 April 2009. HSS Hire, the nationwide tool and equipment hire company, has reported a surge in online and consumer DIY related hires as people all around the UK start doing it for themselves.

Whilst the Spring season is renowned for creating cleaning frenzies up and down the country, figures released by the company today show that online activity has doubled even compared to the same time last year – and it’s driven predominately by customers looking to undertake DIY projects in the home and garden.

Marketing Director for HSS, Fiona Perrin comments: “Due to the slowdown in the property market, it seems that people are holding off on actually moving house and, instead, are concentrating their efforts on doing up their homes - a clever tactic for those who wish to add value to their property ready for when the market picks up again.

“And it seems they’re choosing to put the Y in DIY too. Historically, a lot of our DIY type equipment would be hired to trades people but recently we’ve seen a surge in homeowner DIY activity – suggesting that more people are doing home repair and upgrade work themselves.”

But buying all the tools and equipment you need to tackle every single DIY project around the house and garden is likely to prove cost-prohibitive, putting you off before you even get started. And that’s not to mention finding somewhere to store it all.

So it’s no real surprise that, as DIY activity has increased, so has the demand for DIY hire - it makes it easy and cost-effective to access a whole range of up to date tools and equipment to help you get almost any home project done. And you’ll remove the worry of storing and maintaining it all too.

With more people expected to holiday at home this summer due to the disappointing exchange rates and with predictions for some decent weather on the cards at last, the increase in DIY hire is a trend that’s expected to continue with even more people looking to hire equipment and spruce up their homes and gardens whilst they’ve got the chance.


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Notes to editors:

HSS Hire Service Group is a UK-based tool and equipment hire chain. Operating under the banner of HSS Hire, the group has an established nationwide network of over 250 locations including a number of supercentres with extended opening hours. Established in 1957, the company also runs a dedicated training division and offers a range of hire related services including HSS Assured and HSS Pitstop. HSS Hire is ISO9000, ISO14001 and SAFE-Hire certified and holds Investors in People status as well as a 4 star British Safety Award.