As the August bank holiday is nearly here, many people may view the long weekend as an ideal time to get stuck into some DIY.
Indeed, figures from Kensington Financial Management Consultants show more than a third (38 per cent) of Brits will be looking to carry out some form of home improvement.
Mark Love, of the firm, claims: "With the housing market struggling to improve there has been an increasing trend of ‘improve, don’t move’. This has led many to undertake a spot of DIY in a bid to save cash."
However, budding Handy Andys were urged to make sure they know what they are doing before picking up tools, as the study indicates many will suffer a mishap such as spilling paint or drilling through pipes.
And with home improvement disasters costing a total of £1.5 billion to put right, seeking out DIY advice ahead of starting a project could be advisable.
Similar guidance was recently put forward by Hampshire County Council, which advised that sufficient protective clothing is worn before DIYers pick up tools to start a project.