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DIY tasks 'must be researched thoroughly'

Individuals embarking on home improvements - be it DIY drywall installation or something less technical - have been urged to ensure they thoroughly research their chosen project in advance of getting started.

Paul Minderides, a professional tradesman from Wickes, said Brits should be carrying out extensive research and planning prior to undertaking any new home improvement, as failure to do so could leave them in the lurch if something goes wrong.

He commented: "Out of the one in five people who botch a DIY job, half of them then have to employ a professional to come in and rectify these mistakes. In a lot of cases that is upwards of £160, on average.

"I find that a real shame because DIY should be fun and something to be proud of. It is also a fantastic way to save yourself some money."

He added that preparations should include ensuring individuals have the right tools to complete their task, as well purchasing the proper amount of and most suitable supplies to finish their job to the correct standard.

Running out of essential materials halfway through a task can be a significant blow to productivity and this is a mark of poor planning and something that can be easily avoided with a little foresight.

Mr Minderides' comments follow those of Andrew Leech, director of National Home Improvement Council, who recently argued that seeking professional advice prior to undertaking a DIY project can be the best method for achieving a good result.

He advised homeowners to talk to a professional tradesman in order to fully understand the extent of any undertaking and to make sure they have the required skills to complete the task. If not, they should employ a professional to carry out the undertaking, as doing a botch job can ultimately be more costly in the long run. 

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