Two million households will have a DIY disaster this bank holiday

DIY disasters

According to a recent report by Privilege home insurance, two million households will experience some DIY disasters over the May Bank Holiday weekend and will spend a staggering £58 million fixing botched jobs.

Over 20 million hours will be spend as Brits dust of their paint brushes, with one million of those hours spent trying to fix jobs that have gone wrong!

The most common DIY disasters to occur this weekend are;

  • Getting paint somewhere it’s not supposed to be
  • Drilling a hole that’s too big for purpose
  • Personal injury (e.g. hammering fingers instead of a nail)
  • Pictures falling down
  • Putting a picture up wonkily
  • Staining the carpet
  • Flat pack furniture falling to pieces or being built incorrectly
  • Not aligning the pattern on the wallpaper
  • Fusing the lights
  • Shelves falling down

Common reasons given for shoddy workmanship include;

  • Trying to do the work too quickly 27%
  • Not concentrating 17%
  • Thinking it ‘looked easy’ 14%

‘Drunk DIY’ is also on the up in Britain, with a quarter of people admitting to “having a go” at a task after a few glasses of vino.

Planning on doing some DIY? Here’s how not to end up in A&E!

There’s something very romantic in the notion of buying a house that needs a lot of work and spending all your free time and money lovingly restoring it to its former glory. But it doesn’t always work out that way.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), around 70 people are killed and more than 200,000 injured in DIY incidents each year.

A staggering 87,000 of those accidents involve tools and machinery, with the most common culprits being knives. Other accidents include falls with saws, paint dripping in eyes and slabs falling onto hands and feet.

The accident which causes the most serious injuries is falls from ladders, which accounts for around 41,000 admissions to accident and emergency departments every year. Another 60,000 people will visit casualty due to splinters, grit, dirt and dust injuries.

While Easter is usually dubbed the start of DIY season, many homeowners also begin to undertake projects around the home as the days get colder and they can no longer spend as much time enjoying the great outdoors.

Christmas parties are also very much in people’s minds and they aim to get their house looking ship-shape before the in-laws invade for the festive season.

It is not just the harm you can do to yourself that should act as a warning against undertaking large DIY jobs either. The damage that can be done to your wallet can be just as lethal.

Many people carry out their own home improvements in a bid to save money, but sometimes it can lead to a lot more expenditure if the experts need to be called in eventually.

A report found that botched DIY jobs account for around a quarter of the workload of the tradesmen and women they surveyed.

Plumbers receive the most call outs to fix DIY jobs gone wrong, while electricians were a close second.

To help you avoid becoming one of the DIY disasters statistics – Quick Move Now has compiled a checklist to try to help ensure your DIY projects remain incident free.

Top tips on how to avoid DIY disasters:


Write a list of all the tools and materials you will need to complete the work and get everything ready beforehand. You will not want to go back to the shops half way through a coat of paint because you didn’t buy enough tins!

Also, make a plan of action which will help avoid silly mistakes – we’ve all been there, merrily painting a floor and then realising we’ve painted ourselves into a corner – oh really, that’s just us?!?!

Be realistic

Be honest with yourself about whether you can actually do the job. If you have any doubts about your ability to finish it, it may be worth swallowing your pride and calling in the professionals after all.

Or, see if there is someone with more experience who can help you.


DIY may appear to be a way of saving money, but people sometimes underestimate the cost of materials and tools. Make sure you have everything you will need to finish the job safely and check all your tools are in good working condition.

Don’t try to cut corners to save money. It will end up costing you more in the long run.


DIY inevitably takes longer than you expect, especially if you are attempting something for the first time. Make sure you don’t rush – that is when most accidents happen.

Many of us complete DIY projects in the evening, after a long day at work, and this is asking for trouble.

Tiredness causes mistakes, which are annoying at the best of times and can be dangerous. If the eyelids start drooping, it’s far better to put down the tools and start again the next day before DIY disasters occurs!


Always ensure you use the right materials for the job. For example, there is no point in using anything other than exterior paint to redo the outside of your home.

If you skimp and use cheaper interior paint, you may well end up with flaking, peeling paint after just one rain shower and will end up doing it again a lot sooner than you had hoped.

As our grandparents said, if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly!

Stay safe – avoid DIY disasters

Always ensure there are no children or pets around when you are doing DIY. And don’t forget that there are some jobs that really should just be left to the professionals, such as plumbing and electrics.

It is an immensely proud moment when you can look at a completed DIY project, but it’s probably more enjoyable if you’re not viewing it from the confines of your sofa where you’re laid up with a broken limb from a DIY accident!!! Keep safe

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This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 28th April 2016
Last updated on 3rd September 2018


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