Don’t let your Easter DIY turn to disaster

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AS the Easter Bank Holiday approaches, there are some things that are almost a certainty – chocolate, rain and the opportunity for DIY.

But don’t let your DIY dreams turn into a disaster, as it does for the estimated 220,000 do-it-yourself enthusiasts who end up in hospital each year as a result of accidents in the home.

Injuries from tools and machinery account for around 87,000 of these accidents, according to figures from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 seeking treatment in A&E.

While some home improvements may add value to a home – provided they are carried out safely and to a high standard – others could actually hinder a sale, and see sellers themselves forking out for repairs.

Independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray have a few tips for homeowners to follow to help them avoid become a DIY statistic this Easter.

Head of Estate Agency, Nick Salmon said: “If you are planning to put your home on the market, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

“Numerous homeowners do enjoy DIY, but while they may have bags of enthusiasm and a will to succeed, some may lack the basic skills required to carry out larger and more complex projects.

“Don’t forget that only qualified contractors should alter gas or electrical installations, but

a few simple DIY and housekeeping tricks may have the desired effect - without tapping into the home insurance.”

- Give your home a mini makeover with a simple coat of neutral coloured paint to freshen up walls and paintwork.

- Hire a carpet cleaning machine for the weekend and give your carpets a deep cleansing shampoo; it will make all the difference.

- Give your kitchen cupboards and units a new look with replacement doors and handles - which is far cheaper than a complete kitchen overhaul.

- Replacing the grouting around sinks and baths will give an instant brighter and cleaner look, making bathrooms and cloakrooms more attractive.

- Make sure the doorbell and smoke alarms are in good working order and replace the batteries if necessary.

- Weather permitting, hire or borrow a pressure washer to make the patio gleaming again following the wintry weather – and add a splash of colour with some spring bedding planters.

RoSPA, says most common DIY accidents could be avoided through better planning or adequate safety gear like gloves, masks and goggles. DIY’ers should not overestimate their capabilities and should not tackle jobs when they are over-tired.