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Forget May "Two-Four," This Is The May "To-Do" Long Weekend

Canadian Tire Study Shows 8 in 10 Canadians Think the May Long Weekend is Ideal for Spring Chores*

Canadians who are doing spring chores this long weekend will spend an average of nine hours tackling them, with gardening and landscaping, window cleaning and getting organized topping the to-do lists

TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - With the late arrival of spring, Canadians are thinking more about their spring to-do lists than relaxing this upcoming long weekend. According to a recent Ipsos Reid Public Affairs survey commissioned by Canadian Tire, 82% of Canadians surveyed agree that the May long weekend is the ideal time to tackle spring chores. This weekend Canadians are rolling up their sleeves, with those planning on doing spring chores spending an average of nine hours checking off their to-do lists. The top long weekend chores for these Canadians are gardening and landscaping (65%), window cleaning (59%) and storing and organizing seasonal items (57%).

In true Canadian style, of those who plan to tackle spring chores, four in ten (38%) say they're actually looking forward to these seasonal jobs and 85% are motivated to get started. In addition, half of those doing chores plan to spend time with their families as they complete jobs around the home.

"The warm weather is finally here, it's great to see that Canadians are excited to take on their home to-do lists this long weekend - and to do it with a smile," said David DeMelo, Category Business Manager, Canadian Tire. "The survey results show that Canadians want to get their homes into shape so that they can spend time relaxing with their families and friends the rest of the season. From creating the perfect lawn to performing repairs around the home, Canadians know that they can rely on Canadian Tire to provide the tools and resources they need to check off every task on their long weekend to-do list."

Other interesting survey facts about Canadians and their long weekend chores:
  • After a particularly long winter, it's no surprise that Manitoba and Saskatchewan respondents who plan on doing spring chores over the long weekend are the most motivated to get started (94% vs. 85% nationally)
  • Albertans are most likely to do these chores - 60% of people living in the province plan on spending their May long weekend tackling spring chores (compared to 52% nationally)
  • Quebecers who plan on doing spring chores over the long weekend will spend the most time - on average 10 hours compared to nine hours nationally, with 45% of Quebec respondents looking forward to completing the seasonal jobs

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