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Starting a Self-Build

Every year, hundreds of people embark upon self build projects, determined to create their perfect home. Now, more than ever, it is perfectly feasible to build the house of your dreams, within the average budget. The process is not without peril, but thanks to the collective wisdom of those who have gone before you, you should be able to avoid the most common pitfalls.

Below we have put together seven of the most important things that we believe you should know, before starting your self build project.

  1. Understand What you are Taking On

    Research and familiarise yourself with the general sequence of events that goes into every self build. Reading magazines, blogs and online forums is a great way to immerse yourself in what is required, and you'll also be able to spot patterns among similar builds to the one you are considering.
    Reading up is a great place to start, but speaking to people face-to-face, especially locally, is invaluable. Many companies run exhibitions with seminars, workshops and expert consultations. These are absolutely invaluable and well worth the entrance fee.

  2. Secure the Right Kind of Finance

    .One of the most common mistakes people make is setting out on a self build without a realistic budget securely in place. In the likely scenario that you need a mortgage, you should speak to specialists who are used to tailoring their services to self build projects. A company like Buildstore for example, will be much better suited to the specific needs of your project than a high street bank or building society.

  3. Stay Grounded

    Keeping your design and plans within the bounds of what is possible is absolutely vital. A good architect or designer is worth their weight in gold here, as they will be able to give you an accurate appraisal of what is possible within your budget, planning restrictions, size of plot and so forth.

  4. Understand your Motivations

    There are many good reasons to go down the self build route, all with their own very valid points. It is very important that you understand exactly what yours are before you start. If you are looking to build your forever, dream home, the priority is very different to that of creating a home that you plan to sell later, for instance.

  5. Choose a Standard

    There is some variation in the standard of construction methods, but it is are generally not that vast. Picking a standard of interior fit and finish is where the costs can really start to ramp up. You need to set the quality of materials and stick to it religiously.

  6. Insure your Investment

    Your self build is more than likely to be the single greatest expense of your lifetime, so be sure to take out a comprehensive insurance plan to cover you for any unfortunate circumstances.

  7. Be Prepared for Problems

    All the surveys and due diligence in the world won't uncover all potential problems. Issues will arise during construction and you need to have the contingency budget to cope.

South East Architects

For help and expert advice on your self build project from our team of highly skilled and experienced architects and planners, please contact us at Bluelime Home Design today, with offices in BexleyBromleyErithDartford and Croydon.

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