Building your own house 'needs plenty of consideration'
16th Jan 2012
People considering building their own home have been advised to bear many things in mind before embarking on the project.
Raymond Connor, chief executive at BuildStore, said that building your own home can be an exciting prospect, but is also very daunting, especially if people have no experience in building, construction or even DIY.
He explained that each project will vary, depending on location, budget, type of house being built, the method of construction and how the project is being managed.
"The first piece of advice is to get educated - learn how houses are built, familiarise yourself with the process, the construction method, the legalities, the terms, the materials - it will make all your decisions much easier," he noted.
The expert added that prospective home builders should make sure they study all the planning permission paperwork, ensure their design meets all the site-specific conditions and talk to neighbours before submitting their application.
Mr Connor reminded people that they do not have to own a site to apply for planning permission, and while finding the ideal plot of land can be difficult, the market is improving
People should also check the local planning register for recent approved planning, and speak to estate agents, local farmers and builder's merchants to let them know they are looking for a plot of land, he advised.
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