February 24, 2010 04:00 ET

DIYers Should Be Wary of the Pitfalls Says Ratedpeople.com

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2010) - There are two main enemies of the keen DIYer: biting off more than you can chew and inexperience. So says Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest website for finding tradesmen.

Recent news from DIY Week said that home owners are now much more likely to engage in and complete DIY activity on their own, without the help of professional tradesmen. Editor of DIY Week Will Parsons, speaking at the annual Totally DIY show, indicated that there has been a rising number of people creating things for their home from scratch.

Ratedpeople.com has indicated that whilst carrying out DIY can be thoroughly enjoyable for home owners, they should ensure that, for more complex jobs, they employ the advice and assistance of a recommended tradesman.

Andrew Skipwith, Founder and CEO of Ratedpeople.com, said: "When done well, DIY projects can save you money. As such, it is not surprising that home owners are trying to save and do the work themselves, especially given the economic climate.

"However, it is more important than ever that home owners don't throw their money away by taking on more complex work and getting it wrong."

Ratedpeople.com helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as local builders, recommended plumbers or local electricians.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over Pounds Sterling 30m in home improvement projects with more than 1,000 tradesmen signing up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on Ratedpeople.com to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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