DIY disasters cost thousands to fix

Published by Rob Goodman on 04 August 2014.
Last updated on 04 August 2014

DIY disasters cost thousands to fix

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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