DIY plumbing work ‘could devalue a property’


Over the last year or so, a number of reports have highlighted some of the dangers of attempting to repair complicated plumbing or repair jobs.

Now, as winter truly gets underway, with the Christmas season just ahead of us, a new study has once again highlighted the pitfalls of dodgy DIY in British homes.

A report published by TrustMark, the Government-endorsed “find a tradesman” scheme, revealed that incorrectly installed DIY jobs can lower the sale price of a property by around 11 per cent.

In real terms, this equates to a loss of £30,800 on the average English home. In London, the losses are even more significant, with homeowners losing out on a potential £60,149.

Some of the most popular DIY jobs include installing a new kitchen or bathroom. But without the right training, tools and experience, it could all go horribly wrong.

In fact, according to the new research, it quite often does.

Homeowners could potentially leave themselves open to a frustrating array of broken pipes, leaking showers, holes in walls, and downright dangerous gas work.

Have-a-go electricians are likely to have the most detrimental impact on their properties, with 40 per cent of the survey’s respondents finding visible wiring to be most off-putting.

Commenting on the findings, Simon Ayers, chief executive of TrustMark, said: “While DIY projects can be immensely rewarding, homeowners should be wary of attempting DIY beyond their skill-set.

“Some of the most off-putting DIY flaws – like faulty wiring and ill-placed electrical sockets – are as dangerous as they are devaluing: homeowners should never attempt to carry out electrical or rewiring work without a trained expert.”

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