TOP SELF-BUILD TIPS
with any property, location is all: if it’s a great site in a less-than-great area, it’s not worth the hassle. A tricky site or an unpromising renovation in a great place is always worth considering, however. If you can’t see the potential, ask around among friends and contacts who have developed successfully themselves. 2Be
as practical as possible: consider access to the site, debris removal, services connections. How many tradespeople can you call upon if, inevitably, one of your workmen lets you down? 3Are
you experienced? If not, don’t think you can do much of the work yourself and save money. Far better to keep an eye on the work and manage any problems that crop up closely than try to take on any of the big jobs. 4Ask
anyone who might be able to help for advice – you’ll be amazed what you can pick up. 5Don’t
be afraid of publicity: Rebecca found that appearing on Property Ladder, despite potential humiliation, netted her lots of very useful discounts on her developments. 6Unless
you are in the fortunate position of money not being an object, learning to budget is the single most useful thing you can do. Research every item you need, from bath taps to chipboard, and search for deals. Be realistic about what your funds and your site can achieve – there’s no point trying to give a one-bedroom flat three bedrooms, but you could transform that same flat into something really fabulous. 7Building
your own home can be the culmination of a dream or the start of a nightmare. Keep a close eye on your contractors, research the project properly and think through your ideas properly and you could end up with your ideal home at a knock-down price. Fail in one of the above areas and you might just end up with an eyesore and very large mortgage.