More than 44million Brits tried lockdown DIY with one in 10 expecting £5,000 bill to correct their mistakes, study shows

MORE than 44million Brits tried lockdown DIY with one in 10 of those people expecting bills of up to £5,000 to correct their mistakes, it has been revealed.

A study of 2,000 Brits has shown that 80% of the population attempted some form of DIY during the coronavirus pandemic.

The research revealed how the desire to complete DIY jobs around the house outweighed the knowledge or the know-how.

A huge nine out of ten people admitted to botching up to three DIY jobs during the lockdown period.

The most common excuses for the errors included rushing the job (39%), biting off more than they could chew (37%), misunderstanding the instructions on YouTube (27%), or not having the right tools (20%). 

Despite Brits having the best intentions, the report also revealed some of the most shocking DIY mistakes and injuries suffered over recent months.

A third of wannabe hairdressers admitted to dying their hair the wrong colour or leaving a wonky cut.

Nearly a quarter of DIY decorators spilt paint on the furniture, accidentally ripped wallpaper or put wallpaper up that wasn’t smooth.

One in ten Brits either caused a leak or haphazardly left a big hole in a wall, floor or ceiling.

The top 10 most popular DIY tasks the nation tackled included:

  1. Attempted to cut their own, or another household member’s hair 
  2. Tried to paint their house  
  3. Coloured their own, or another household member’s hair  
  4. Landscaped their own garden 
  5. Attempted an at-home beauty treatment, for example waxing or manicures 
  6. Installed new shelves 
  7. Repaired a garden fence 
  8. Gave wallpapering a go 
  9. Attempted electrical work inside their house
  10. Fitted a new kitchen or bathroom

Almost the same amount of people either electrocuted themselves whilst doing electrical work, fell off a ladder or broke or fractured a bone.

Around 7% of people who attempted an at-home beauty treatment burned or bruised their skin from waxing.

Noam Nevo, co-founder and CEO of Osu, a subscription-based invoicing and payment app for the self-employed, said: “The latest lockdown has seen the nation take the time to take on DIY tasks and attempt to tick off some of those outstanding jobs on the to-do list.

"Unfortunately, however, the results haven’t quite matched up to the goal, with many Brits now looking to repair the damage.

“With up to three million self-employed being unable to claim grants under the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the impact of Covid-19, means it’s never been more important to support local businesses.

"Our report has shown that in the long run using a professional can save you thousands of pounds, and avoid any unnecessary injury!” 

Launched in 2020, Osu allows users to send professional invoices and accept instant payments from their customers with zero transaction fees, removing traditional pain points for many self-employed.

With more than 4million self-employed professionals in the UK – almost half of which (47%) operate entirely alone, chasing payments was cited as one of their biggest daily frustrations (49%).

For more information or to download the Osu app please visit www.payosu.com.

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