Lots of self-builders find that the extremes of emotion they experience during a project can make them feel so great, they cannot wait to start the next one. Others find the whole thing so awful they never want to do anything like it ever again. It is clear that taking on a self-build project is a serious endeavour! There are several top tips you can employ today to help you cope with the rigours of managing your own building project:
- Planning – it is essential to plan every little detail. Take on a structured research approach and ensure you make the best choices and get good value for money.
- Budgets -set a realistic budget for your build. It is surprisingly unlikely for your build to fail, but you can make sure you get the best from your build by being realistic about how much money you have to spend.
- References – it is so important to get references and to actually check them when you are taking on any tradespeople to help you! Make sure your chosen builder, carpenter or whatever has a positive reputation and that they have done good work in the past!
- Rules – check the local planning rules as well as local or national building regulations throughout your build to ensure you are well within the rules!
- Insurance – You are likely to be spending a lot of money on your building project, so it makes perfect sense to insure your build! Take out a structural warranty for the first 10 years too – this can be essential if you want to sell later on.