Homeowners have been warned not to attempt DIY projects that may be beyond their capabilities and to rely on professional help instead.

Dave Williams, said during the Coronavirus lockdown many homeowners had turned their attention to jobs around the house that they had been putting off.

“The extra time at home has led to a surge in DIY but not everyone is as good as they think they are at tackling projects on their own.

“In fact, research has shown that DIY disasters cost the UK around £7 billion every year, and that almost a third of households have ended up paying for a professional to put things right when DIY tasks have gone wrong.”

Dave said before starting a project, homeowners should check their home insurance to make sure it included accidental damage cover – and if it didn’t, adding it to your policy could be money well-spent.

“It’s important to remember though that insurers may reject a claim if plumbing or electrical work was carried out by someone who was unqualified.

“And if you’re planning really extensive home renovations, you should tell your insurance provider in advance as you may need to increase the amount of cover you have in place.”

Dave said that homeowners should also be wary of starting ambitious projects before researching the effect they could have on the value of the property.

“Most of us are guilty of thinking the improvements we have in mind will boost the value of our home, but in fact some jobs could lower it by thousands of pounds.”

He said garage conversions could shave a hefty amount off the overall value, and building an extension without the right planning permission could be even more costly.

“Converting or removing a bedroom can also be a risky move as it could make your property less attractive to buyers and it could knock up to 20 per cent off the value.”

Dave urged homeowners to think carefully before attempting any jobs around the home and to consider whether they really did have the skills to complete them successfully.

“Some jobs, particularly jobs that involve electricity, gas or plumbing, would probably be best left to the professionals.

“And while some DIY disasters could simply result in a leak or spilt paint, no-one wants to risk being electrocuted or causing a fire by butchering the electrics, so be realistic about your skills before you get started.”