With the August Bank Holiday just a matter of days away, no doubt many homeowners out there are planning on doing a bit of DIY around the house. This is all very well and good but unless you have the necessary skills, expertise and experience, you could end up doing a lot of damage to your property – and having to fork out a lot more money in repairs than you would have done if you’d just called out the professionals in the first place.
New research from Towergate Insurance has found that one in five first-time buyers (FTBs) are buying houses that are in need of a bit of renovation work because it’s cheaper than other properties on the market. However, this seems something of a false economy, since 27 per cent of them have had to bring in professional contractors to fix DIY mistakes, costing them £2,358 on average as a result.
The most common DIY projects that people undertake are painting and decorating, garden landscaping, kitchen and bathroom installations and carpentry. Meanwhile, the most common DIY disasters that contractors have to fix are electrical wiring, kitchen and bathroom installations, appliance installations and repairs, building work and loft conversions.
Spokeswoman for Towergate Annie Plaskett said: “Undertaking ambitious projects with little to no formal training can leave new homeowners seriously out of pocket. To make matters worse, often accidents and mistakes aren’t covered by standard home insurance policies, making it more important to speak with your insurer before putting hammer to nail.”
Of course it’s tempting to try and save money by doing jobs yourself but there are certain ones that you absolutely must always leave to the professionals – and that includes all electrical and plumbing work. If you install a boiler incorrectly, for example, you could leave you and your family at serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, known as the silent killer because it’s odourless so it’s possible that you won’t even know if you’ve got a gas leak before it’s sadly too late.
You should always get in touch with a reputable Gas Safe registered engineer whenever there’s any problem with your boiler, be it a suspected leak, a faulty part or just an annual service to make sure everything is working as it should be. Always check the credentials of the person you’ve hired to make sure that they know what they’re doing. Sadly, there are a lot of cowboy builders out there looking to make a quick buck who simply don’t care about the safety of their customers and you don’t want to get caught out.
Here at Home Services Assistance, we have years of experience in running our team and providing a first-class service to all our customers. We provide boiler breakdown and home emergency cover for homeowners across Yorkshire, the Midlands and parts of Lancashire. Give us a call today if you need help with your boiler. No job is too big or too small.