Don't have a DIY disaster this weekend

17 April 2014

Over seven million households will embark on some kind of DIY project in this Easter weekend - but they won't all go smoothly.

One in five people have had to fork out money to fix a DIY disaster in the past and almost half of DIYers (49%) have no idea whether their home insurance will pay out if things go wrong.

Adam Powell from Policy Expert, which crunched the numbers, said: "If you do choose to roll up your sleeves this bank holiday weekend it's a good idea to check with your insurance provider first, to make sure you're not in for an expensive surprise.

"The dawn of price comparison sites means that many ‘standard' home insurance policies don't automatically include cover for accidental damage, so if you're planning anything ambitious with your tool box, make sure that you've specifically selected accidental damage when purchasing your policy."

So if you're tackling a project inside or out this weekend, here are some top tips for avoiding a DIY disaster.

1. Make the most of free advice

Whatever you do, don't be too stubborn to read the instructions or seek-out advice. You can find how-to guides with video and pictures on pretty much every DIY project on the internet so there's no excuse not to take a couple of minutes to make sure you know what you're doing.

2. Don't blow your budget

There is no need to spend a fortune on all the latest up-to-date tools and gizmos, particularly if you are only planning on a bank holiday DIY blitz. You can rent tools from a number of hire companies, and can pick-up small and simple tools online at lower prices. Check sites such as eBay for quality second-hand items to save you cash.

3. Shop around

It might be easier and tempting to head to your local superstore but it's likely you'll pay over the odds for the convenience. Basics such as screws, nails and filler can all be bought from your local pound shop instead, saving you cash, and other items can be found cheaper online too.

4. Take your time

If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing properly. Don't let silly errors and mistakes creep in - if they do it could end up costing you a fortune to get sorted. Take the time to prepare for each job properly and make sure you double-check any measurements before you start cutting materials as you'll avoid costly wastage.

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