Planning home improvements this bank holiday?Check out our tops tips for stress-free DIY

27 May 2016

Woman carrying out DIY work

Don't get in a mess with DIY this weekend - follow our top tips

We're less confident replacing bathroom sealant than we are building flat pack furniture, according to a survey by LED Hut.

Despite flat-pack furniture's relationship-ruining reputation, people were less confident wielding bathroom sealant than constructing furniture.

If you're attempting to give your bathroom a makeover this bank holiday weekend, check out our guide to the best and worst bathroom brands before you go any further.

Which?'s top DIY tips this bank holiday

Whether you're hanging a picture or re-doing your bathroom, we've pulled together our top tips to help you get through your DIY tasks with your temper and house intact.

1. Best DIY shops. If you're first stop is a DIY shop to stock up on supplies, then check out our guide to the best and worst DIY shops, we've got survey results for both stores and websites, for brands such as B&Q and Toolstation. 

We found that there's a 25% difference between the best and the worst shop, so make sure you're not kicking things off with a stressful shopping experience.

2. Choosing the best tools. If you're looking for the best tools to help with the job we've surveyed members to find out the best electric drill brands, the best jigsaw brands and the best sander brands. We've got results for all the big names, such as Black and Decker, Makita and deWalt. 

The best drill brand scored 91% and the worst 62%, while the best jigsaw brand got 84% and the worst 49% - so make sure you're not making the job harder than it needs to be with dud equipment.

3. The best shower for you. If your bathroom revamp involves installing a new shower then check that the one you want to buy is compatible with the water system you have at home - for instance, you can't have a power shower if you have a combi boiler. Find out more with our guide to how to buy the best shower, as well as our shower reviews.

4. Kitchen revamps. If it's a kitchen refurb you're after, check out our guide to planning a kitchen. We talk you through everything from kitchen design ideas to the cost of replacing a kitchen. We also give some budget ideas to help you refresh your kitchen, such as replacing the worktops and doors, rather than the whole suite.

5. Admitting defeat. If it all gets too much, call a Which? Trusted Trader, make a cup of tea and switch on the TV. Every Which? Trusted trader has been assessed and checked by Which? trading standards professionals before being endorsed. So whatever you're looking for, whether it's a builder, plumber, gardener or mechanic, we'll help you find the right trader.

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