According to the One Poll stats, home improvement #DIYFails cost an estimated £727 million every year to fix.
Whilst 45% of the British population fully intend to spend their precious bank holiday break on doing DIY – 58% of them have little or no previous DIY experience. 65% opt to seek advice from the internet, friends and family, in their quest for home improvement success. Just 11% consult a professional tradesman.
The motivation by many is to save money by doing your own DIY. However, the disruption of ‘normal service’ at home is often forgotten, as tasks you’re unfamiliar with can take forever…not to mention the risk of injury (endured by 21% who attempt DIY). There’s also those who create disaster situations at home (think collapsed ceiling, huge water leak behind all your plastering…) These are the sorts of things that create severe headaches, ruin your home harmony – and require a lengthy home insurance claim.
You’re probably thinking (just like I did, until I dug a little deeper on the topic!) that people encountering DIY disaster on an epic scale MUST be engaging in the madness of constructing a summerhouse, boarding the loft themselves, or perhaps installing a new kitchen.Not so. In fact, it’s the simple act of hammering a nail into the wall to hang a picture that is the TOP bodged job, listed by home insurance company Zurich.
How?! Well… plaster breakage can cause destruction – and even worse, the presence of a water pipe or electricity cable can cause nightmares that would leave even the most hardened DIY’ers admitting defeat and retreating outside, to the pub (or an ambulance – if they’re less lucky).
The fact is, simple DIY jobs can go really wrong. The message is this; if you’re unsure about exactly how to execute a DIY job effectively – DON’T ask Auntie Nora or rely on amateur advice from the internet – YouTube videos DON’T have all the answers and the advice given certainly isn’t regulated by tradesmen.
If you’re still really keen to do some DIY and not totally clear on how to action it, it’s far more advisable to ask a home improvements professional for advice. Paying for an hour of their time could easily save you thousands of pounds, plus a shed load of bank holiday stress.