Take a look at these facts:
- Britons spend £244 a year per head correcting DIY disasters adding up to a staggering £6 billion for the nation annually
- There are currently 31.7 million unfinished DIY jobs in the UK
- One in ten Britons has injured themselves carrying out DIY jobs
These are some of the conclusions from a survey of 2,000 households carried out by Armstead Trade, a professional paint brand.
The study found that 67% of home owners now avoid basic decorating with one in ten worried that they will repeat a past bodge and 16% admitting to feeling stressed about carrying out DIY projects. Some 36% of those interviewed confessed they did not have the required skills to do decorating jobs and 12% of men reported their partner did not trust them to do it successfully.
So what are the jobs that go so wrong? Painting walls and ceilings top the list (32%) followed by hanging wallpaper (15%), putting flat pack furniture together (14%) and putting up shelves (12%). A fifth of those surveyed admitted ruining carpets or furniture by spilling paint on them and some confessed to spilling paint on pets (4%) and even children (1%).
12% have drilled a hole too big for the task, 7% used the wrong paint entirely (eg gloss instead of emulsion) and 6% have watched as their shelves have fallen down. In desperation, 7% of men have hired a professional to do the job whilst claiming the credit for doing it themselves.
Seriously though, just hire a professional. Call me now on 01453 835249.