I have just read a report over at everyinvestor.co.uk saying “House-proud Brits spent £235million putting right DIY disasters in the last year, according to new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. The Banks found that one in 10 ‘DIYers’ had paid out up to £500 to fix their own DIY.”
It’s amazing to see how the true cost of this adds up but also how much more DIY mistakes much cost when you consider additional costs such as loss of earnings through time off work.
I shouldn’t be that surprised though I suppose as we regularly get calls for plastering and plumbing mini-disasters and here are our top 5
1) DIY plumbing upstairs in bathrooms and ensuites results in a leak and ceiling damage. Sometimes this means that boxing in, concealed toilets, concealed fittings, tiles all need to be removed to get at the problem area. This is difficult for new home owners to see or know about until a problem arises.
2) DIY plastering which ends up with walls needing sanding down or a whole wall or ceiling having to be re-done. We have seen examples of plastering over wallpaper or over un-prepared or poorly prepared surfaces. Sometimes a poorly prepared artex ceiling could mean that the whole load of artex will fall off in clumps!
3) DIY tiling upstairs or poorly sealed shower trays and baths which leads to water leaks where water gets behind tiles and ends up coming through the downstairs ceilings
4) DIY shower trays that are not level and get cracks again causing leaks that result in damage
5) DIY tiling on un-even floors leads to cracked tiles
Quite often firms like ours will offer advice and assistance with DIY projects so that you can get help with the tricky bits but do other bits yourself that you feel confident with. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing affair so let your trades person or trades company know if you would like to do some work yourself and they will usually complement your efforts. This can be great if you have some spare time or want to save money on the overall budget.