DIY can cost you more than just money

Brian Berry, Director of External Affairs at the FMB said:

“Our home is our biggest financial asset so it makes good sense to maintain it to avoid future more expensive problems. A well maintained home is also worth more and will be much easier to sell when you decide to move on.  However, it is very important to ensure that any maintenance and improvement work is done to a high standard because a botched DIY job can be a false economy as it will lower the value of a property.”

Berry continued:

“With VAT going up to 20 percent in January householders might be tempted to use builders that claim they can make “VAT disappear” but this is never a good idea. The builder will almost certainly be a rogue and you will have no protection if the builder disappears nor will you have the means to get the work  put right.”

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