My hubbie’s approach to DIY is rather sporadic, he will have a long to do list, but nothing ever seems to get done to completion. If on the rare occasion he actually gets as far as finishing a job, it will have been approached with a complete lack of enthusiasm and usually the wrong tools…
I was reading an article on This is Money about DIY disasters costing each UK household £138 a year. To be honest I think the figure in our household would be MUCH higher, especially if anyone has ever seen me paint! Last time I tried I completely ruined the kitchen cupboards after deciding to paint them a cheery yellow. I did not sand them first, slopped the paint on and it seemed to dribble all over the place, the end result was not the rustic look I hoped, but more an unattractive mess… I blame those decorating shows on television for convincing me its simple to recreate the looks they achieve so easily!
Even eldest has had a turn at painting here (already he does a better job than his mummy!):
So my advice would be to get a professional in, neither hubbie nor myself are particularly accomplished in this area of expertise. I guess it is a learning curve and hopefully you get more skilled in the process of trying but frankly we do not have spare money to fix our DIY mistakes whilst we educate ourselves (our poor holiday fund would be completely depleted!). I guess at least I am not deluded like last time (the kitchen incident is branded in my mind forever, the poor traumatised kitchen cabinets never got over it either!) I have realised the error of my ways and always want to get a professional in straight away. Convincing hubbie has not been as easy, he thinks its his “role” to tinker around the house, but I put my foot down and the plastering and painting were done to a high standard and our house has had some admiring comments (a welcome change for us!).
Property maintenance service, Local Traders, deduced that: "These figures show how important it is to know your limits where DIY is concerned and when it's time to call in a professional tradesman. Tasks such as plumbing work, rewiring and boiler or appliance installation in particular should always be done by a qualified tradesperson. It's always better to invest in a quality job rather than cut corners trying to reduce the price and end up with it costing you in more ways than you might initially expect."
But it’s not all down to saving money; in the article some people had such extreme DIY mishaps they ended up in hospital. For the sake of our health and not just your finances I think I will deter hubbie from undertaking the next project he has in mind!