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1 June 2022
Planning to self build? Keep this in mind.

Planning to self build? Keep this in mind.

1.      Budget

2.      Planning

3.      Motivation

4.      Materials

5.      Be prepared

Self-build is seeing a rise in its popularity with people seeing that they can have more control over the design, layout and materials used in their dream homes. Weather you are extending your current home or building a brand new one from scratch, here are a few tips  for us at BMC to help you along the way.

1.      Budget

This is very very important. your budget will underpin every decision you make, and while self build’s are known for being expensive, there are several ways you can make savings and keep to your budget. Having a good working relationship with your builders’ merchant can prove beneficial here too, helping you get great advice and even better prices.

2.      Planning

Determine the amount of time you can spend on the project. You would need to consider whether you would want to do it yourself or hire an external project manager or local contractor to supervise the work and keep everything going according to plan and budget. A DIY approach can save you money but hiring professionals will get you access to all their contacts as well- saving you money in the long run.

3.      Motivation

Self-build is hard, but it is well and utterly worth it. It can be extremely rewarding, but you need to keep your motivation alive and going. Ask yourself why you want to do this and whether you are truly ready to undertake this project. Make a list of your motivation and periodically remind yourself of it- to keep you going.

4.      Materials

Spend some time thinking about the materials you want to use- this can help with how eco-friendly your build is and affects your budget. You could talk to your local builders’ merchants for the best deals and sustainably sourced materials.

5.      Be Prepared

Be prepared with all the paperwork, talk to your council about building regulations in the area. Keep a buffer budget and be realistic. Think practically abut what you are looking for, keep your needs in mind- do you need good schools or facilities? Find a chance that is right for you.

To find out more about how BMC can help, walk into one of our branches or give us a call!

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