DIY disasters cost homeowners millionsDamage caused copying TV makeover shows

12 October 2007

 

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Britons are causing £350 million worth of damage to their homes by trying to copy work they've seen on television DIY shows, a new survey has shown.

The study from Halifax Home Insurance found that home makeover shows such as Changing Rooms, Property Ladder and DIY SOS have inspired 12 million householders to carry out work on their properties.

Each has spent an average of £4,880 trying to emulate what they've seen on TV.

Botched jobs

But some have had to spend even more trying to rectify their botched jobs.

The survey found that 750,000 have damaged their properties and had to spend £484 each to rectify their mistakes.

Changing Rooms was cited as the show that most people had tried to recreate in their home, while Property Ladder was said to have inspired more than a fifth of Britons into carrying out a similar home improvement.

Home insurance

Vicky Emmott of Halifax Home Insurance, said: ‘It all looks so simple on TV, making it easy to forget that the work on makeover shows is being carried out by highly trained and skilled professionals.

‘But if you don't know what you're doing we'd advise anyone planning any major improvements that DIY should really stand for Don't Involve Yourself.

‘Indeed trying to tackle certain areas that you are not qualified for, such as electrics or plumbing, could invalidate your home insurance and leave you liable for the cost of any subsequent damage.

‘It’s far better to employ a reputable tradesman than to risk damaging your home by going it alone.’