Confused.com Find Brits Are A Nation Of DIY Lovers But Pay The Price In Home Insurance Claims
Released on: December 06, 2011, 7:03 am
Confused.com has revealed that fifty-three per cent of
homeowners are doing their own home improvements due to an increase in
living costs. However, many of these projects are ending in disaster,
with 11 per cent of those who 'have a go' then claiming on their home
A recent study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies warned that households are looking
at a 3.8 per cent fall in earnings with data for the first 11 months of 2010-11,
marking the largest fall in disposable income since 1981. As a consequence of this
strain on income, homeowners in the UK are turning their hand to DIY.
Aside from money issues, the Confused.com survey also showed that thirty-nine per
cent of Brits claim to have undertaken home improvement work after watching DIY
programs; their favourite being Grand Designs (22 per cent).
Homeowners in Scotland and the West Midlands are most likely to do their own home
improvements, with 23 per cent claiming to do DIY, compared with the North East
where only 11 per cent do DIY.
Fifty per cent of homeowners in Northern Ireland also claimed to have done a
successful job, compared with 26 per cent of homeowners in Wales who said their
inspirational home improvements looked dreadful and out of this 26% of Welsh
homeowners, if money were no object, then 67 per cent would pay someone to do their
Of all those UK homeowners surveyed, 31 per cent of these budding Kevin McClouds
admitted to having DIY mishaps, and of these 31% homeowners, most disasters were
taking place in households in Scotland (12 per cent) and Wales (12 per cent)
resulting in home insurance claims.
Despite tackling DIY to save money, 6 per cent of Scottish homeowners have paid over £1,000 in the past 24 months rectifying their DIY disasters. A further15 per cent of
Scottish homeowners have paid £200 or more in the same period, whereas those living
in Northern Ireland paid out over £350 in the last two years to fix botched DIY. In
Wales, 13 per cent said they have paid out £300 fixing bad DIY jobs in the last two
Mark Gabriel, Confused.com Home Insurance spokesman, said: "With the economy so
fragile, people's finances are under more pressure and things aren't getting any
easier particularly with the rise in petrol prices and food prices. Therefore people
have turned to ways of saving money and have been inspired by home improvement
"However it is important to remember that television often makes tasks look easier
than they are. In fact, some home insurance policies stipulate that only
professionally accredited tradesmen should carry out certain work, so it is worth
checking that you are not inadvertently rendering your insurance invalid by failing
to read the small print.
"It is important to look at your home insurance policy to check that you are fully
covered, should things go wrong, and to check their policy details carefully. It is
also necessary to take extra safety precautions, as DIY disasters can cause
For more information on home insurance, flat insurance and staying safe while
DIYing, visit Confused.com.
Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services.
Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded
its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home
insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance,
breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit
cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance. Specialist home insurance comparison
also covers landlord insurance, buildings insurance and pub insurance.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock
Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
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