Halifax issues DIY home insurance warning

30 March 2005
A new survey from the Halifax claims that every nine minutes a new insurance claim resulting from DIY work around the home is filed in the UK.
The bank claims that as insurance to cover DIY calamities is often only offered as an optional extra many are not adequately insured.

Simon Stevens, deputy chief executive at Halifax General Insurance, said: "DIY disasters are something that most of us have fallen victim to at one time or another. The vast majority of DIY mishaps are as a result of either a simple lack of preparation or substandard tools and equipment.

"Insurance claims for home improvement accidents, such as a foot through the ceiling, spilt paint pots or shattered windows, occur at all times of the year but numbers increase around bank holiday weekends and throughout spring when those must-do home improvements finally get tackled."

According to the survey one in five homeowners planned to carry out home improvements or maintenance over the Easter weekend, with interior painting the top choice.

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