Expert lists five common DIY mistakes that can cost homeowners up to £50,000 to fix

This summer, millions of homeowners will be getting busy on DIY projects to transform their homes on a budget. But while a crooked bookshelf can be easily fixed, some will be attempting much larger projects.

Tackling your own home improvements without the necessary research, tools or knowledge can quickly turn into a nightmare, where the costs of a mistake can run into thousands of pounds.

Beth Boulton, Marketing Director at leading home improvement specialists Eurocelllists some of the most common DIY mistakes that can leave Brits out of pocket by up to £50,000.

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Breaking down walls

“Open plan living is a style that many homeowners have fallen in love with,” says Beth. “Open spaces with plenty of natural light have been proven to be beneficial for our mental and physical health, and it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves staring at our walls with the idea of ​​knocking them down to create a larger room.

“Typically, knocking down a wall to create an open plan space costs around £2,500, or less if you add a smaller door. But it’s important to remember that not all walls can be knocked down, at least not without proper structural considerations and support. Removing a load-bearing wall can lead to dangerous roof collapses and render a home completely uninhabitable.”

Repairing this damage can be extremely expensive and renovations can cost £10,000 or more.

Tearing down walls could end up being a very expensive job

DIY extension

Beth says: “Extensions are becoming increasingly popular across the country. The appeal of adding new rooms and increasing the value of the home is strong, and current trends include open-plan kitchens and dining areas which are not often found in older properties, leading many to turn to extending their homes as a possible solution.