Consumers cautioned against online DIY tutorials

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Do-it-yourself web videos appeal to the home handy person but could be providing advice that leads to poor and even illegal outcomes.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) warns that certain jobs around the home are not only best left to the professionals, but legally can only be done by someone who is registered or licensed to do the work.

VBA Director Enquiries and Dispute Resolution David Wolf said consumers need to be wary of online DIY videos.

"Many websites, online videos and blogs with advice and instructions on DIY jobs don't take in to account Victorian building and plumbing regulations," Mr Wolf said.

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