New research from the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has shown that homeowners spent £235 million fixing bodged DIY in their homes last year. The research was based on a survey of 2000 people and discovered that one quarter of those questioned who had experienced a DIY disaster, wished they had never started. One in ten people paid up to £500 to fix mistakes.
The bank estimated that nearly 5 million people across the country ended up paying for DIY mistakes after they attempted to do DIY jobs such as decorating, plumbing or gardening.
Steve Reid from Clydesdale Bank commented that while DIY may seem like a great way to save some money it is important to have both the right tools and the right set of skills to avoid it becoming a very costly job. He suggests that homeowners set up a regular savings plan to pay for maintenance, particularly for the winter.