DIY disasters cost thousands to fix

4 August 2014

Millions of Brits spend more than £3,000 rectifying DIY disasters in their home, research has revealed.

Some 3.3 million of us have had a DIY or large-scale home improvement project go wrong, according to Lloyds Bank.

And with the average cost of a DIY job costing an average of £4,000 and a hefty £3,200 to repair if it goes wrong, homeowners are being urged to make sure any improvement jobs are done properly.

The survey found that more than half (54%) of those who had a DIY disaster believe the cause was down to shoddy workmanship, while a third of homeowners (33%) undertook a DIY project in order to add value to their property.

However, it's not all bad news. Overall, 17% believe that the changes they made added between £10,000 and £25,000 to their home's value and 10% thought they added between £25,001 and £50,000.

Marc Page, Lloyds Bank mortgages director, said: "Most homeowners will dabble with home improvements at some stage, whether it's a DIY project or a major construction.

"What's important is to ensure the job is done to a high standard as botched jobs can be quite costly to rectify. Although the reasons for home improvements may differ from person to person, making a house a home is a key motivator."

What are the changes we're making to our homes?

  • We're most likely to be changing the purpose of a room, and usually a spare bedroom. More than half of DIYers converted theirs into an office, while 7% had created an entertainment room.

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