26 Aug

DIY proving costly for homeowners

DIY proving costly for homeowners

Attempting DIY to save money could end up expensive, claims research by an insurance company.

Halifax Home Insurance found 72 per cent of homeowners opt to do DIY in order to save money, but 27 per cent admitted they did not carry out the job correctly, while 34 per cent never finished the job.

The poll revealed some homeowners are more willing to do certain jobs with 77 per cent happy to paint, while 75 per cent would undertake gardening, but less than 40 per cent felt able to put up wallpaper.

Younger residents were less willing to undertake DIY tasks themselves, with only 62 per cent confident to change a lightbulb, compared to 93 per cent of over 55s.

"Most people will take on DIY jobs at some point, so it’s important they make sure they are adequately prepared beforehand. They should check they have the right tools for the job, consider taking out accidental damage cover in case things go wrong, and avoid taking on too much.

"It’s essential to call in the qualified experts when it comes to jobs such as gas, electrics and plumbing, as home owners can risk invalidating their home insurance policy if things go awry," said Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance.

In 2015, Halifax Home Insurance recorded more than 16,000 accidental damage claims, including those related to DIY that had gone wrong.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801824243-ADNFCR

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