DIY season has caused a surge in home insurance claims according to Churchill Home Insurance analysis.
March marks the start of the DIY season as the weather improves and it also sees a sudden peak in accidental damage claims.
"Each year we see a spike in accidental damage claims in March,” Martin Scott, head of Churchill Home Insurance said.
In fact this is the third consecutive year that the month has clocked up a dramatic claim increase.
The most common claim is for accidental damage to pipes and cables, such as hammering through floorboards into a water pipe, drilling through a cable or digging into a pipe in the garden,
This type of claim has increased by 17 per cent since the same time last year.
It costs an average of £1600 or more to repair this type of damage.
Monthly claims increased by 15 per cent for broken glass and damage to bathroom suites, such as tools being dropped onto tiles.
This will incur a repair fee of £600 or more.
"It's understandable that many people want to have a go at home repairs themselves, both to help save money and to emotionally invest in their bricks and mortar,” Mr Scott said.
“But not paying due care and attention or attempting a home maintenance job that's beyond their skills could result in some costly repairs.”