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Chasing a dream can end in rows.

ATTEMPTS to emulate TV ``fantasy homes'' could be turning DIY into D. I.Y.O.R.C.E,according to a new study from British Gas.

More than half of DIY activity is now inspired by TV shows,but two thirds of families in North Wales admit to having had arguments over failed makeovers.

And two in three Welsh families also expect to end this bank holiday weekend going hammer and tongs at each other, with disagreement over colour schemes being the likeliest source of a bust-up.

Website house.co.uk, which features an insurance-approved register of more than 60,000 reputable tradesmen, conducted the research to assess consumer attitudes to DIY.

The website's senior marketing manager Mark Inskip said:``It seems that following our TV decor dreams could end in disappointment and D. I.Y.O.R.C.E.TV shows are great for getting ideas,but we're urging people to leave their bank holiday DIY work to the professionals. It could mean more time to spend with their families and a happier home.''

Calling in a tradesman could help families avoid not just a row,but also a massive bill.Nationally, householders spend pounds 850m putting right their DIY disasters.

But the cost and conflict isn't putting off householders. Soaring house prices means three-quarters of families are redecorating instead of moving home.

DIY ROWS

Top 10 Reasons for DIY rows

1 Disagreeing over colour schemes

2 The person doing the DIY didn't want to do it in the first place

3 Thinking it will be as easy as it looked on a TV show

4 Jobs not being completed

5Finding the time to do DIY

6 Mess and disruption

7 Stress

8 Costs

9 Lack of basic DIY knowledge

10 Differences between the sexes
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Date:May 3, 2003
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