DIY job that’s illegal and could land you with a £5,000 fine and unable to sell your home

Brits are being warned about the expensive repercussions of doing a particular DIY task on their home.

Electrician John McCallister urged households not to get caught out when it comes to carrying out certain jobs in the kitchen and bathroom of their home.

The areas are deemed as “special locations” according to building regulations, which could result in a £5,000 fine.

Failing to also have the appropriate certification when significant electric work is carried out could mean you’re unable to sell your home, reports NorthWalesLive.

John McCallister, an electrical expert at MyJobQuote told Metro: “‘Accidentally hitting one in a wall or floor is incredibly dangerous.

“If you’re planning to work on lots of DIY projects, it’s worth investing in a wire detector and learning how to use it correctly.

“It’s important to remember that Part P of the UK building regulations make it illegal to carry out DIY electrics in the bathroom or kitchen.

“It goes without saying that electricity is dangerous, so anything beyond changing a bulb, rewiring a plug or spur socket should be left to a qualified electrician.”

Part P states that anyone carrying out electrical installation work in a home must make sure that the work is designed and installed to protect people from fire and electric shocks.

Part P applies to any changes made to existing installations, including any parts that have been rewired.

Electrical Safety First warns: “Electrical installation work must be carried out only by people who have the knowledge, skill and experience needed to avoid any danger to themselves and others.”