WE would all like to think that if we had the time, we’d be a bit of a do-it-yourselfer Tasks.

And when you get sky-high quotes to redo the house, it’s always tempting to think about how much we’d save if we did it ourselves.

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You can save money doing DIY jobs, but you need to make sure they’re done right or you could end up spending more in the long run.Credit: Getty

But while some jobs, like painting or putting up a shelf, are easy to do with a little know-how and unlikely to backfire, some can cause more harm than good. they go wrong.

That’s why, if you don’t have any experience, it may be better to leave some tasks to the professionals.

Here, Swyft interior design expert Ben White reveals the three jobs he thinks you should always avoid if you have no experience….

Floor tile

It may seem relatively simple to tile a wall, but depending on where you are tiling it could be costly to rectify a poorly done job, and could even cause thousands of pounds in damage.

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Ben says: “Tiling is a fine art, it takes years to perfect the laying and grouting of tiles.

“One of the jobs that tile setters are most often called upon to do is to fix a poorly tiled room.

“One of the reasons it’s critical to get it right the first time is that poorly grouted tiles will let in shower or bath water.

“In a bathroom, it could sink into the floor and rot the floorboards, making your bathroom unsafe for use for years to come.

Tiling can be a lot trickier than it looks, and if it's not waterproof in areas like the bathroom, you could cause serious damage to your home.

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Tiling can be a lot trickier than it looks, and if it’s not waterproof in areas like the bathroom, you could cause serious damage to your home.Credit: Getty

“If you consider that there is the removal of the existing tiles, the re-preparation of the wall and the installation of the new tiles, it could cost you hundreds of euros, not without even taking into account the cost of the new tiles!”

Avoid a decoration disaster

Painting is one thing, wallpapering well is quite another.

Ben says, “A decent decorator will have mastered the art of hanging the paper and measuring and preparing the room.

“With preparation, decorators can fill small holes, prime walls, and supply or recommend the best quality adhesives.

“Also, with wallpapered rooms, your eye is often drawn to areas where there are difficult ‘workarounds’ such as window sills, fireplaces and built-in furniture.

“Hiring someone could save you money, because you won’t be ordering too much wallpaper ‘just to be sure’!”

“Plus, if it’s done wrong, that’s all you’ll notice and it’ll be the bane of your existence.”

While tackling DIY can be incredibly rewarding, you need to make sure you have the right skills first before tackling certain jobs.

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While tackling DIY can be incredibly rewarding, you need to make sure you have the right skills first before tackling certain jobs.Credit: Getty

Laying of flooring

Another important task that many people assume is easy is laying flooring.

Ben says: “As with wallpaper, flooring encounters many challenges in the form of odd angles, stairs and doorways.

“Take, for example, if you have a Victorian property, which most often or not has uneven floors and walls.

“One key thing, which is obvious but perhaps needs to be reiterated, is that the ground needs to be level.

“Flooring contractors can help by recommending the best types of flooring to make your home look and feel fit for purpose.”

If you’re still determined to tackle DIY, with TikTok, YouTube and Instagram offering a plethora of easy-to-follow tutorials, it’s possible if you’re brave enough.

But as good as they are, keep in mind that you might miss some vital steps when tackling DIY and there are some things you should always remember.

“It’s incredibly satisfying to fix something or create something from scratch, but doing it right isn’t easy,” says Dave Gordon, managing director at SGS Engineering.

“The trick with DIY is to start small, make sure you have the right tools – and know how to use them – and ask for help if you need it.”

You need to be confident in your abilities when doing certain jobs

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You need to be confident in your abilities when doing certain jobsCredit: Getty

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