Woman 'rents' husband out to do other people's DIY jobs

A mum who started to rent out her husband to other women to do odd jobs for £40 a time said business is booming - and he's fully booked for weeks.

Mum-of-three Laura Young, 38, was inspired by a podcast describing how a man was making a living putting together flatpack furniture for other people. This prompted Laura to post an ad on Facebook and the Nextdoor app, boasting husband James' general DIY, painting, decorating, tiling and carpet laying skills, in June.

Within a day, James had his first client, which soon grew to work six days a week from 9am to 8pm.

His newfound popularity has forced him to turn down jobs, with

Jobs include helping with putting up a TV or curtains to rebuilding a wall, and he is available to hire to anyone who needs help - men and women.

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While James handles the labour side of things, Laura works on running the social accounts and website.

The business has been more successful than the couple could've imagined.

The savvy couple have added a new service for the Christmas period, offering installations of festive lights, both inside and outside.

Laura said: "I never expected it to take off as much as it has. We've only been going four months and it got to a point where there was so much work coming in that James was working six days a week.

"We've had to start turning jobs down and reduce our hours, so now we do Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

"We had our own building plans that we've not even started as we've just been so busy.

"We booked our first job for January too."


James had to give up his job working in a warehouse to be a full-time carer alongside Laura, looking after their three children, two of which have autism.

James was also diagnosed as autistic himself four years ago and has always been able to focus on things like building and construction.

Laura said: "He's really good at building things and doesn’t bother with the instructions.

"So I thought this would be something he could do.

"James doesn’t come from a trade background but his grandad was a nuclear engineer, and they think he was also on the spectrum.

"He's got a very methodical mind and can think outside the box. He see's things differently."

Within days, Laura's Facebook messages were full of people enquiring about her husband's handiwork.

The couple from Milton Keynes, Bucks, even had requests for over 150 miles away.

Laura said: "The first customer needed a door frame replacing and then from there I just had people enquiring on the Facebook page.

"It went from regular flatpack to so much more, like laying a carpet and rebuilding a wall.

"We even had requests as far as Manchester, to which we told them it may be more practical to find someone closer due to the extra costs, but of course we would have done it!"


He doesn't do any electrical and plumbing services.

They don't charge per job, instead they work by the hour at a rate of £40, or a day-rate of £250.

They also offer discounts to those working in the NHS and emergency services, as well as over-65’s, disabled people, carers and people on universal credit.

Laura said: "We know what it's like to be parents of children with special needs and we've known what it's like to struggle for money or have to save."

Credit: Jake Meeus-Jones, SWNS

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