British DIY-ers waste billions on home improvement mistakes, says study

A new study has found that Brits waste billions on do-it-yourself (DIY) mistakes, according to 

The research, which was carried out by home and garden retailer Wilko’s, found the combined cost of DIY disasters over the UK resulted in a costly sum of £3.05 billion. This worked out at £138.70 per household.

These results came despite that fact that 60 per cent of those questioned as part of the research thought they were either ‘good’ or ‘very good’ when it came to doing their own home improvements. Only seven per cent of respondents labelled their DIY skills as ‘very bad’.

A quarter of those questioned did admit to having DIY disasters however, including drilling through a neighbour’s water pipe, falling through a ceiling, spilling paint and watching their shelves collapse. This could suggest that the public may want to let experts carry out their home improvement in the future, to avoid any such disasters.

Talking about the research, Karen Jeffreys, Wilko’s’ DIY expert, told “Problems seem to arise when people over-complicate simple tasks or lack the correct tools for the job.”

The research also found the rooms which received the most attention by home owners were living rooms and kitchens.