The Dos and Don’ts of Planning a New Home

When it comes to the Dos and Don'ts of planning your new home, we have you covered. A new build project is a big deal. It can be a substantial amount of money and will significantly change your home and increase it's value, so you want to make sure you get it right. We have put together a guide of the Dos and Don'ts of planning a new home so you can avoid the pitfalls from the get go.

Here’s a rundown of what to consider and what to avoid:

The don’ts of planning a new home

  1. Don’t underestimate the project size

People often bite off more than they can chew with new home projects, believing they can project manage everything. This can sometimes be the case with people who may not be working as they feel they have the time to commit. But it’s not always the time that’s the issue. It can be the complexity and technical issues that require a construction-minded person. An architect can help to advance your project smoothly.

  1. Don’t cut corners

Cutting corners is never advisable in any scenario, but certainly not within construction. Build a house of cards and it’s likely to fold in. There is a misconception that planning and building regulations prevent you from achieving your design, but this is not the case. Planning and building regulations are there for health and safety and appropriate development and without them you are risking a fine or court appearance.

  1. Don’t get carried away

Overspending is one of the most common issues with a new home build. It’s easy to blow your budget when you’re excited about a project, but you need to be as strict you can and stick to your budget. There is little point in spending more than the value you will add, particularly if you intend to sell the property.

The dos of planning a new home

  1. Do use trustworthy professionals

From architects to builders, construction workers and trades people, make sure you are employing people you trust to do a good job. Avoid using trades people just because they may be cheap. Do your research and make sure you are using reputable companies. Ensure architects are ARB registered.

  1. Talk to the right people

Talking to your local planning company is a great way to find out any potential restrictions on your project. It could be that you have a listed building or live in an area of outstanding natural beauty and are limited on what you can do. Also talk to your neighbours and let them know what you are doing. This may minimise any objections you get to your planning application.

  1. Stick to your plan

Try and follow your plan as closely as possible in terms of budgets, timings and the parties you intend to involve. You don’t want to overspend or rush a project but equally you don’t want it dragging on either. If something isn’t working, stop, reassess and re-plan to get you back on track.

Essentially you can’t predict everything that will come your way; sometimes unforeseen circumstances occur that can’t be avoided, which is when having an architect can really help to take the stress out of your project.

For more information on planning a new home , and for more Dos and Don'ts of planning involved in your journey, please get in touch with Bluelime Projects today.  With offices across London and South East, we have the specific knowledge and expertise to help with your project.

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