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Don’t let a DIY job end in a trip to A&E

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According to figures from the NHS, there were almost 63,000 hospital admissions as a result of DIY accidents last year. Incidents including falling from ladders or through floors and mishaps with hand tools resulted in the casualty toll.

So whether you’re looking to renovate your buy-to-let property or your own home, the Landlord Today website has some top tips to help you avoid becoming a DIY A&E statistic.

Don’t let a DIY job end in a trip to A&E


1 Don’t rush in

A big cause of accidents is people trying to cut corners and squeeze a job into too short a time. Avoid this by researching the project properly first. Anticipate how long it will take and all the resources you’ll need. Don’t try and tackle a complex job after work in the evening when you’re physically and mentally drained.

As Jason Orme, property expert for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show explained: “Professionals who do this day in, day out have the muscle memory and the stamina to take on board these projects. For DIYers, everything is new so there’s a higher likelihood of an accident.”

2 Use the right equipment

Having the right tools and the correct protective clothing could help you avoid a trip to A&E. Thick, durable work trousers and eye and ear protection are a good investment. If you’re working with chemicals, including adhesives, sealants and grout, gloves and a face mask can protect you from skin irritants and breathing problems.

If you’re painting in a closed environment, make sure it’s ventilated and consider buying low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints.

3 Don’t be afraid to ask

Don’t be afraid to ask for a helping hand, whether it’s someone to hold your ladder or share the load when shifting a heavy object. If you must climb a ladder alone, take your time and make sure it’s at the right angle.

If in doubt about a job, call in the professionals. You will pay more but they could have a tricky project finished in a fraction of the time.

4 Get organised

Remove as many items of furniture and fittings from the space before you start, giving you plenty of room to manoeuvre, then get all your materials organised with everything you need within easy reach.

Says Jason Orme: “If you set your mind to deal with the basics and allow as much time for this part as you do for watching DIY tutorials, you are a step closer to completing your projects in time and in one piece.”

Read more about this story on the Landlord Today website.

Neil Jennings

Neil is the Operations Director at Assetgrove Lettings, London's Leading Rent Guarantee Company, providing Landlords with no voids, property maintenance, fee-free property management and stress-free service.

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