Lots of homeowners might think they have handy skills when it comes to DIY, but a recent survey has shown many make significant mistakes trying to renovate their properties without expert help.
Sainsbury’s Bank Home Insurance reported that 14 per cent of UK adults have suffered a home improvement mishap during the last three years
Karen Hogg, head of insurances at the financial services provider, said: “We’re a nation of DIY lovers and many of us will be planning some home or garden work over the coming weeks.”
Damaging floor is the most common mistake, as five per cent of Brits harm their flooring with equipment, spilt paint or equipment. This is followed by damage to internal walls and electrical mistakes (three per cent), and hammering through pipes (two per cent).
Many DIY-ers take on simple jobs like painting or sanding furniture. However, if you have a big renovation project, such as wanting to fit a kitchen or install new bespoke wooden gates, it could be best to call in professionals instead. That way you can be sure no mistakes will be made and you will not spend extra money to repair the damage caused, which could cost you more in the long run.
According to Barbour ABI, the most popular renovation project of 2017 was having an extension done, with 40.3 per cent of residential planning applications last year being submitted for this.
Sainsbury’s Bank Home Insurance also reminded homeowners to tell their insurance provider if they have improvement work done on their property, otherwise they could find their policy becomes void.
Ms Hogg stated: “Just under a quarter of people undertaking work had notified their insurer, which may lead to them being uninsured.”