Warning over DIY cost

DIY may appear to be a good way of saving money on home improvement work, but often it can go wrong and cost more to put right, an expert has said.

Temporary editor at self-build magazine Build It Duncan Hayes remarked: “On a domestic level you can save an awful lot of money doing it yourself, but you can also do a lot of damage.”

Errors such as having the wrong equipment or a lack of knowledge can lead to “an awful lot of mess and cause damage”.

One way of avoiding such an outcome could be to find a good loan quote and borrow the funds to pay for both the materials and skilled specialist workmanship.

The annual Halifax Home Improvement Survey for 2009 concluded that the additional worth a house could gain from a home improvement exceeded the average cost.

It noted that a loft conversion can add £24,981 in value for an outlay of £15,766.

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