Research from Hipages indicates top DIY home renovation disasters

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Cherie Barber warns there are pitfalls to beware for that DIY project at home Photo: Supplied

Queenslanders love to renovate. There’s no doubt about that.

But Australian television reno star Cherie Barber has revealed the safety and protective measures no one thinks about when they follow her DIY renovation tips and tricks.

Shining a light on the biggest pitfalls DIY fans fall into, she said some homeowners use unlicensed tradespeople without even realising, leaving their biggest investment at risk of serious damage.

Galaxy research from hipages has revealed that Aussies spend an average of $1500 fixing damage caused when a “do-it-yourself’’ repair, maintenance or renovation job goes awry equating to a whopping $3.53 billion wasted annually.

As many as one in five Aussies, the equivalent of 2.3 million homeowners, admit they have attempted to complete a repair or renovation for their home that went wrong, requiring a qualified tradesperson to fix, or re-do the work.

The research found that men (12 per cent) are more likely than women (5 per cent) to say they prefer to do jobs around the home themselves without the help of a professional, though 22 per cent of men admit their dodgy DIY required a professional to fix.

Hipages chief customer officer Stuart Tucker said: “It’s unsurprising that in the current economic climate, homeowners are searching for ways to save money, though misjudging projects can be costly.

“We encourage homeowners to save money through smart decision making, including comparing quotes and using qualified, licensed tradespeople to get the job done right, the first time,” Mr Tucker said.

Ms Barber said the biggest DIY fail was that many renovators did not plan and map out their renovations before starting.

“People virtually wing their way through renovating,” she said.

“This causes an issue in itself. They need to map out a plan, think of every task that needs to be done, what order and who should do it and what date that task starts and finishes.”

Ms Barber said renovators need to itemise the cost of each task to be carried out.

“Some times people don’t cost up renovations before they start and they pluck a figure out of the air. They only get one quote and that comes out at a high price.

“When I do an average renovation, I have at least 300 to 500 tasks. If you push one task out it can be a big mistake, especially if you don’t fix your quote prices.”

She said tradies who work on a fixed quote were usually “in and out”.

Another renovation fail is having arguments with neighbours, Ms Barber said.

“Not giving neighbours the courtesy of knowing their property is about to undergo a major renovation can cause massive run ins,” she said.

“The street could be full of tradies’ utes, blocking driveways. Small things can destroy neighbourly relationships and that could be one way to derail your renovation project.

“Even the removal of asbestos or spraypainting a fence could be an issue.”

Ms Barber said it was also important to keep in mind the use of the property.

“Think of how the property can be used moving forward, not just for now,” she said

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