Trades Supermarket

Trades Supermarket

March 11, 2011 04:10 ET

Getting Home Improvements Right First Time Is Essential, According To

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 11, 2011) - According to a poll conducted by Swinton, 51 per cent of British home owners are planning to make considerable improvements to their properties this year but, with the economy still seemingly unstable, having the correct tools to be able to get the job right first time is essential, according to shopping comparison website for tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts,

Indeed, any DIY mistakes have the potential to be very costly to correct and as a result, can throw a project completely off course in terms of both timing and budget. It's estimated that DIY mistakes cost every home owner in the region of £500 each year or a staggering, £235 million in total.

TV favourite and Trades Supermarket share holder, Tommy Walsh, commented on the matter: "Of course no-one's perfect and we're all going to make mistakes somewhere down the line when it comes to DIY. But, if you have the right tools to start with, there's a much better chance of success first time round and avoid having to spend even more money fixing up what you've done wrong."

As a result of the slow moving house market, decline in spending power and higher living expenses, many will be attempting DIY as a means to save money, but should it go wrong, they may not even be covered by their insurance. Not all policies cover home improvement work that is carried out by a non-professional and it has been suggested that as many as 5.2m people every carry year out electrical work in 'high-risk' areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and gardens, leaving them without cover should things go wrong.

Tommy added: "I'll say to anyone, if you're confident, give it a go. If you're not, first try looking into what tools you need for the job and how to successfully complete it. If you're still not sure, leave it to a professional. Start off small and go from there. Don't go trying to fit underfloor heating systems if you've never even hung a picture. It's not only your money that's at risk, it's your health."

Trades Supermarket offers tradespeople and consumers an easy to use platform to find the best deals on tools, drills, kitchen equipment and other such building materials. For consumers who don't share the same skills as tradespeople, but want to 'have a go' - a section on the site called 'Tommy's Trade Secrets' contains a portfolio of video diaries by Tommy and his friends undertaking DIY tasks. The footage provides helpful hints and tips and advises upon the necessary material and tool requirements. 

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