DIY vs Hiring A Professional: When You Should Be Calling On An Expert

Dabbling in DIY isn’t uncommon for the millions of Brits who have taken on a project around their home in recent years. In fact, this past year the nation has caught the DIY-bug - becoming more hands-on with projects to do regular maintenance and make improvements.

While the active approach can save you time and money when done well, lack of knowledge can sometimes result in rogue DIYers forking out thousands to remedy botched projects.

DIYers can also find themselves suffering injuries, with the NHS reporting in 2018 almost 7,000 people going to the hospital after falling from ladders and over 4,800 people being admitted after accidents involving drills and power tools.

Looking at the most common British DIY jobs, we’ve found that, although there are many tasks you can do as an amateur, some jobs - particularly where safety and infrastructure are involved - are better left to the professionals.

To help you avoid mishaps, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to choose between DIY and professionals for home projects.

Getting Hands-On with DIY Tasks

A quick Google search for “how to…” often results in endless resources and numerous video tutorials, which can equip even the most inexperienced amateur with enough understanding to complete cosmetic tasks.

In fact, according to Statista, when it comes to DIY work, 85% of Brits state they are most confident when it comes to painting and decorating tasks compared to other projects.

  • Painting and decoration: 85%
  • Assembling and installing furniture: 82%
  • Carpentry and basic woodwork: 41%
  • Plumbing: 25%
  • Electrical work: 25%
  • Building work: 17%

DIY Project

Percentage of Confident Men

Percentage of Confident Women

Painting and decoration



Assembling and installing furniture



Carpentry and basic woodwork






Electrical work



Building work



Better Left to the Professionals

As inexperience in certain areas can result in costly mistakes, tasks that can cause structural damage or unsafe conditions shouldn’t be undertaken by a non-professional.

There’s no doubt that tradesmen have extensive knowledge and invaluable experience that can make even the most challenging of jobs seem “easy” to the untrained eye. However, tasks involving plumbing, heating, electrics or building infrastructure can all have disastrous consequences for untrained do-it-yourselfers.

DIY Project Vs Hiring A Professional: The Tasks To Take On Vs Ones To Leave To The Pros


With DIY, you have to find the time, patience and energy to start the job and see it through, while the execution may sometimes not be the finish you’d expected.

Deciding to get stuck into a DIY project shouldn’t be taken lightly - we’d always recommend you don’t start a task you don’t feel 100% comfortable with. DIY when it makes sense - and call an expert otherwise!



Statista: "Which, if any, of the following DIY work do you do?"

Statista: Share of DIY tasks individuals undertake in their households in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019, by gender