Over 50s 'should be careful when doing DIY'

Over 50s who are looking to spruce up their home with DIY work have been warned to take care not to tackle any task that may be beyond them.

Recent figures released by home improvement group Kingfisher showed an increase in profits from B&Q as homeowners look to enhance their properties on the cheap with a DIY project.

However, the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) has cautioned against performing any major adjustments to doors or windows without professional training, as it may risk damaging the aesthetics, efficiency or even the structure and safety of a home.

Over 50s are particularly strongly cautioned as many older people live in relatively old houses, many of which have weaknesses below the surface which may be disturbed by amateur DIY work.

Andrew Leech, director at NHIC, said: "Once you start messing around with the fabric of the house then you can uncover all sorts of different problems which can make a simple task into a major task."

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