There are some very scary estimates of how much money people can lose when doing DIY.
I’ll be honest with you, I love DIY, but the one thing that makes me good at it is I know my limits. I’m good at doing things like putting floors down, tiling, painting and decorating and solving problems.
But I also know I’m rubbish at measuring and so when I did my floor at home, I made sure my carpenter did the edges as he was more accurate and had far more patience than me!
I also know what I can and can’t do with regards to electrics, glazing, gas, water and drainage and I know what needs to be signed off by the building regulations inspectors.
Unfortunately many people don’t and as a result according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), there are more than 200,000 accidents a year, the main cause are tools and machinery and even wallpaper has helped send 87,000 people to hospital!
A recent survey by Nationwide Building Society showed that 47% of homeowners are planning a DIY project in the next 12 months at a cost of £3,342. That’s a DIY budget of £79 billion!
And one of our most experienced builders, Harvey Ellingham from Home Improvements Guarantee was recently on the BBC explaining that a botched DIY job could mean it costs you double the amount to do the work.
So, to make sure you don’t have a DIY disaster, you should:-
This is not a good idea, DIY normally takes three times longer than I ever expect, cutting corners on property repairs doesn’t work.
It might sound a bit daft talking about ‘bending your knees’ and you might feel a bit weird wearing goggles but it can save you a trip to the hospital and time off work. I’m actually allergic to dust too, so I always wear a mask and I like to have equipment which you can attach to a hoover to keep the dust down.
Keep pets and kids away from harmful DIY stuff
I used to have an alsation called ‘Nelson’. He wasn’t very well one day and I really thought I was going to lose him. We went to the vet and had a nervous hour or so waiting for X-rays to find out if he would be OK. He was poorly, but it was arthritis and the right meds meant he kept going for a few more years.
However, the X-ray did show up quite a few screws he’d been chomping on from the garden, fortunately though they didn’t cause him any harm.
Choose the right people to help you
When choosing a builder, painter and decorator, gas or electric person to help, you really need to make sure you get expert help. To me that’s someone who:-
Here’s our checklists to help you find the right people and carry out your property project successfully first time around:-