How to avoid DIY disasters

General, Home extension

We all like to think that we can be a master handyman/woman when we want to be, and put our top efforts into DIY tasks to save a bit of money. In fact ‘doing it yourself’ have helped to save millions of pounds for UK home-owners. However, these savings haven’t been felt by everyone because when DIY jobs have gone disastrously wrong, owners have been forced to fork out more.


Home insurance providers stated than 1 in 10 DIY projects will end in disaster and cost the owner over £100 to resolve. Such disasters include drilling through water pipes, paint spillages, electric shocks, smashed glass etc. So how can we avoid becoming a statistic? What preventative steps should be taken?

  1. Safety first – alongside buying all your tools and materials, it is important to purchase safety goggles, gloves and even a hard hat. Remember, wearing a pair of goggle is much easier than trying to remove wood shavings from your eyes.
  2. Planning is key, don’t start until you have you have organised every last detail.  Write down your designs and measurements and ensure that you have spares of materials. If things start going off plan, stop and re-evaluate the job.
  3. Familiarise yourself with your house – make sure you remember where all the plumbing and electrics are laid throughout your house and whether your DIY task could affect them. As previously mentioned, drilling through water pipes is one of the most common DIY disasters to happen and can cause further damage to your property. Also, accidentally hitting electric wiring can also be very damaging.
  4. If you have instructions, follow them. Most DIYers like to think that they do not require an instructions leaflet before constructing, installing or using a product. If the packaging states ‘only for use in a well-ventilated area’ then make sure you do so. Instructions are there for a reason.
  5. Don’t cut corners on the costs – skimping on DIY costs can automatically signal a possible disaster. The saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to quality. If there are sections in your project that you don’t have confidence in doing, don’t hesitate to hire a builder or the relevant person to help you out. Spending more time and money will be better in the long run.

If you follow the listed steps, along with your own common sense, we are sure you can easily avoid any potential DIY issues. Don’t rush, be safe and make sure you plan everything.

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