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Thinking it might be better for you to build a new home for you and your family rather than buy one?  It’s true that it can work out cheaper, and you will be able to design the house exactly how you want it…

But, stop right there!

A self-build project isn’t as easy as all of those TV shows would like to have you think. In fact, there are quite a few issues that you might run into if you don’t plan it as well as you should. Ideally, you should spend some time talking to someone else who has already built their own home so that they can tell you all about their experience and what they learned during their process. They can also let you know how you can stay away from some of the problems that they faced. My parents built two self builds in the 80's and it's only know I realise what a huge task they took on, especially without the internet and building forums that there are nowadays.

Don’t know a fellow self-builder? No worries - here are the most common things that every self-builder wishes they had known before they’d started their project.


Always Get Professional Help

You won’t be able to complete your self-build project without a builder and architect, that should be a given. But there are some people out there who think that they are the only professionals who they need on their project with them. That’s just not true, though. It’s also worth getting a professional home remodeler involved as well as they can help with all the interior design. Trust me, they will think of important features and fixings to include that you might otherwise forget!

Make Copies Of All Kinds Of Documents

During the whole building process, you will have a lot of paperwork to take care of. For instance, your builders and architect will be working from blueprints. They aren’t the only documents and contracts - there will be a lot of legal paperwork that you will need to organise as well. It is imperative that all of these documents and contracts are copied and that you have plenty of spares. Otherwise, something could get lost and that might end up holding up the whole project.

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Inform Your New Neighbours Before You Start

Don’t want to get off to a bad start with your new neighbours? If not, then you need to let them know that you are planning on building a new property on the plot of land by their home. After all, they are going to have to deal with a few months of loud noises from the construction site! Not only that, though, but the view from their windows might not be that great while construction is underway either.

Remember Tech Finishes

Don’t forget adding some tech finishing touches to your new home as these might be difficult to add once the building is complete. Take a modern intercom system for instance. Plan it while you are drawing up the blueprints and then you know it can definitely be installed into your home.

There’s no wonder that a self-build project is most people’s dream. Hopefully, this blog post can help you achieve it!

Do you have any tips for self builders?

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  1. Its the reason why we have EXPERT trademen - great to have enthusiasm but can be very costly
    Great advice thankyou

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