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  • Self-Building in 2020 – Here’s What You Need To Know!

  • Posted by on 7th Jan 2020
  • It is predicted that around one million people in the UK will build their own home in 2020. If you are considering building your own home, you are one of a growing number (approximately seven million) who are actively searching for information on self-build. We’ve put together a few top tips and important bits of information you should know before taking on a self-build project.


    #1 Self Build Costs

    One of the many positives to starting your own self build project is that you are in control of your budget and how much you would like to spend. However, you must plan for the unexpected or changes to your spend should anything happen during the build. On average, a self-build house will cost somewhere between £1,000 and £3,000/m².


    #2 Why Take On A Self Build Project

    On average a self-build project can save you up to 30% on the market value. Not only this but generally you will have created something bigger and a space that fits your needs for cheaper than what you could have purchased on the market. The house you create will be exact to your needs and preferences and you are able to choose every little detail.


    #3 Finding Your Self Build Plot

    This one may seem a little overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources you can use to help your search. Specialist plot finding services such as Plot Finder are really useful, however don’t rely on just these. Local auctions are a great way to find out what land is currently available or check your local authority’s website for recent planning applications.


    #4 Professional Consultant Certificate

    Whether you’re a first-time buyer building a home or an experienced developer it’s important to get everything in place as soon as you can. An important element, often overlooked, is obtaining a professional consultant certificate to ensure you can raise a mortgage for your new home. Any newly built (or recently converted) residential properties will require a certificate. Click here to find out how it works.


    #5 Self Build Methods

    There are a range of self-build methods available to you. Make sure you research all the options before making your choice. Blockwork and masonry methods are still the most popular choices in the UK, however recent years have seen an increase in the use of timber frames, CLT (cross laminated timber) and oak frames.


    Find Out More About PC Certs & Professional Consultant Certificates For Self Build

    If you’re currently planning your self-build project or you’ve already started and want to learn more about how a professional consultant certificate can help ensure you can raise a mortgage, then contact our team today. Get in touch by calling 0800 404 5804 or filling out our contact form, here.


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