Homeowners could be taking thousands off the value of their homes by doing their own shoddy DIY work. A new study by Trustmark, the government endorsed ‘find a tradesmen’ scheme, has identified that nine out of ten potential buyers would be put off if they spotted dodgy work and more than half would be put off buying the property completely.
We all have a feeling of accomplishment when it comes to completing a DIY project, but homeowners should be wary of attempting tasks that are beyond their skills set. Some of the most off-putting DIY flaws are faulty wiring and badly located electrical sockets.
This is also dangerous to an untrained person and should only be attempted by an expert. The worst cases are often found in kitchens where costs have been cut, old cables used and covered with new tiles are just a few issues seen by traders involved in the survey.
Other DIY issues pointed out were ill-fitted or unfinished kitchen units and squeaky floorboards. Unless you know what it is you’re taking on, the term DIY could end up standing for ‘devalue it yourself’.