When it comes to building your own home, it can be a stressful undertaking for those who have never done it before and haven’t done a lot of research. As great as it is, it is wise to go into a self-build project with your eyes open and fully aware of the biggest difficulties and pitfalls that other people encounter.
If you happen to know someone who has built their own home, it is worth speaking to them about the challenges and potential problems that may lie ahead – this helps you to be better prepared for your project and help you to decide if it is something that you want to pursue.
One of the toughest parts is finding a plot – Plots of land are in high demand in the UK so you need to be prepared to compromise, and think outside of the box a bit to find the plot that you want. Speak to people in the local area to find out if any land may be for sale, and use maps such as planning maps to fully research what may be available.
Setting a budget is often another place where people may run into problems – unless you are a qualified builder, plumber and electrician, a lot of the work will need to be done by contractors. Then there are costs for materials, and of course the land itself. You need to have a good think about your budget and get quotes before you go ahead, as you don’t want to get halfway through and run out of money.