When it comes to keeping a home you own, every penny counts. But, according to new research, the British are unwittingly running away hundreds of pounds by failing to get their do-it-yourself projects right first time.
A study conducted by myjobquote.co.uk found that 84 percent of homeowners in the UK had exceptional repair jobs that needed to be completed.
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And instead of calling the professionals, two-thirds of the respondents admitted to wearing a tool belt, rolling up their sleeves and trying to get the job done by themselves.
But it seems that the old adage of "acting quickly and repenting in free time" applies to their efforts. 68% admitted they had to call a professional dealer after their DIY attempts went wrong.
Further research findings have revealed that the average British homeowner has seven do-it-yourself projects that need to be popped off the to-do list.
And when it comes to the cost of each of these errors, the study showed that the average loss for failed repair is £ 86. Add it to all seven do-it-yourself jobs and this is a financial success of £ 602 – ouch!
The research also shed light on the most common renovations that required attention for homeowners.
Painting and upholstery
68% of interviewed homeowners admitted that painting and wallpaper in their home had to be addressed. The flaking wallpaper and peeling are a clear "no" for potential buyers.
Laying new flooring
52 percent of the homeowners participating in the research also revealed that they needed to lay a new floor. Few things seem smarter than laminate floors with wood effect or freshly laid wood.
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Solving a loss
46 percent of homeowners have also revealed that they have lost a flaw and have not yet made the rounds to repair it. From dripping faucets to leaky roofs, where water leaks into a property can only mean more money on the run.
Commenting on the results Lisa Evans, spokesperson for myjobquote.co.uk, said: "It's a pity that so many British homeowners feel they do not have enough time or money to complete the pending DIY jobs in their homes."
"It's a good idea to reserve some time to do some work at home, or hire a trader for those you can not, especially because some people end up costing more if they try to take care of themselves" .
Whether you fall into the do-it-yourself or do-it-yourself category, it's always worthwhile to evaluate if you have the skills to see a repair job until the end.