House-proud Brits spent £235million putting right DIY disasters in the last year, according to new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.
The Banks found that 1 in 10 ‘DIYers' had paid out up to £500 to fix their own DIY.
The research of 2000 UK residents suggests that almost 5 million households made a mess of at least some of the decorating, plastering, plumbing and gardening DIY jobs they undertook in the last twelve months.
Londoners were the least likely to undertake any DIY, and proved the worst at doing it with almost a third admitting to botching some DIY in the last year.
The Scots, by comparison, were the most competent for repairs and improvements around the home with 85.5 per cent successfully completing jobs without paying extra to put it right.
"A home is probably the biggest purchase most of us will ever make so it's important to maintain and protect that investment," said Steve Reid, Retail Director at Clydesdale Bank.
"DIY may seem to be an easy way to save money but without the skills or tools it can end up costing a lot more to put right. In same instances it can even ruin a home."
He urges homewoners to set up a savings plan to cover both unforeseen repairs and regular maintenance, especially as winter approaches and also inform insurers if they make significant improvements.