What You Should Know Before Starting a DIY Home Improvement Project


What You Should Know Before Starting a DIY Home Improvement Project

It is increasingly becoming trendy to undergo DIY home improvement projects because of the assumption that doing improvements and renovations on your own without paying tradesmen can save money by just that much – the cost of labour. But sometimes those improvements go awry and things go terribly wrong. Other times DIY projects are easy and straightforward and can, indeed, save a few pounds. However, you really should take a look at some surprising statistics prior to embarking on any home improvement project whatsoever.

The True Cost of a DIY Project

Most people calculate the cost of a DIY project by adding up the materials needed for the project. They don’t take into consideration the time they are spending on the improvement or renovation that they could be spending at work making money. Some homeowners actually take time away from their jobs in order to get the ‘work’ done timely and have regretted doing so for more than one reason. You should always factor in your own time spent on labour when calculating the true cost of a DIY home improvement project.

When Things Go Wrong

In a recent survey undertaken by plentific.com, a site where you can find home service professionals, the number of people who responded saying they regretted one or more DIY projects is astounding. In Newcastle the percentage of respondents who regretted a DIY project averaged out to 47% whilst Norwich respondents totalled 45%. That’s almost half of those surveyed in those areas. In the nation’s capital, 40% stated that they now wish they had contracted a specialist tradesman to do the work but surprisingly, 77% of those responding from the Manchester area had no complaints. They were happy with their DIY results. What this means is that nothing guarantees a successful DIY home improvement outcome because of Murphy’s Law. When things can go wrong, they usually do.

Building Codes and Licence Restrictions

There are some DIY projects, such as loft conversions in which the roofing structure is substantially changed, that require a licenced tradesman. Electrical work is another DIY task that should never be attempted. Not only does a licenced electrician need to ‘sign off’ on the job, but working with high voltage is quite dangerous and unless you know what you are doing, you stand in jeopardy of getting the literal shock of your life! Many home improvements will require permits due to building codes and if you begin a project unknowingly in violation of these codes, you could be faced with a cease and desist order as well as a hefty fine to be paid. There is no savings in that!

The bottom line when considering any major DIY project is that you really need to consider if you have the knowledge and capability to get it right. You can find a qualified tradesman on Plentific who guarantees their work and the insurance is in partnership with The Home Insurer. It is penny wise and pound foolish to think you can do the work of a master tradesman and come out with a satisfactory result. Check out tradesmen who have been vetted by Plentific, guaranteed to do the highest quality work and you won’t be spending inordinate amounts of money having honest mistakes corrected. It’s actually cheaper in the long term to do it right the first time around and that is a fact that the majority of the UK agreed with in Plentific’s survey.