During UK lockdown, Google searches for DIY topics increased by 35%. However, home renovation mistakes can be costly. IronmongeryDirect surveyed 1,500 Brits to reveal that nine in ten Brits attempt DIY at home, that loft conversion errors are the most expensive, and that millennials are the most likely to attempt complicated and dangerous DIY jobs.
Of the 28 most commonly attempted DIY tasks, the average cost of repairing a mistake is a staggering £3,931. Amateur loft conversions (attempted by 5% of homeowners) potentially cost £35,000 to fix, while knocking down a wall (attempted by 10% of homeowners) can cost £20,000 to rectify and can cause collapse of the building if the wall is external (the costs for this would be extreme). 8% of homeowners have attempted replacing a kitchen, which can cost up to £10,000 to fix if units or worktops are damaged, and 7% have attempted replacing a bathroom, which could cost in the same region to rectify. The message is clear; call a professional.
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