Deciding to build your own home is a massive undertaking and before deciding to do do there are many things you need to be aware of and many things you need to do. It’s not like you see in the movies where the house goes up without incident and all the different contractors get along. It obviously takes time, a sizeable amount of money and lots and lots of patience. But where do you start and who do you need to talk to? What building regulations do you need to be aware of and do you need legal representation? All will be revealed if you keep reading.
Picking Your Builder.
You clearly need a builder, but which builder is best? Find out what houses they have built before and take a little drive past the finished houses and if possible try to speak to the people who now live in them. They may look good from the outside, but it’s what lurks inside that you want to know about. Ask about follow up work that needed to be done and was the builder reluctant to return to the job. Ask whether the builder stayed within his quote and if he didn’t how much did he go over by. Find out about the builder’s subcontractors and whether they have been paid and also the suppliers of the building materials. This will save you a lot of hurt later.
You may think you don’t need one, but you do need a solicitor to look over the agreement you and the builder have come to. He will check for unfair clauses in the agreement, that are not to your advantage and in the long term he or she could save you many thousands of pounds and a lot of heartache. The builder may seem to be a nice guy, but it’s better to keep your relationship a business one rather than personal. Find a registered builder to supply you with a reliable service, but it’s best to get it in writing.
Check The Area.
When buying the land to put the house on, check for good schools nearby, convenient shopping and find out the crime figures for that particular area. You don’t want to be moving into an area controlled by people with lesser standards than you are used to. Is the area close to your work or is there an on-ramp to a motorway close enough, but not so close that you will hear the noises from the road in your house. Surprisingly, people don’t check for simple things like this and end up building a house that they can’t sell later when they want to move.
One Supplier, One Roof.
Buy your own building supplies and buy them under the one roof. Your builder may have his own guy, but insist that you want to buy the materials yourself from a reputable builders merchant in the area. Sit down with your builder and decide what’s needed and then place your order. Some builders merchants even let you order the materials online and will be glad to supply you with a free quote to make your buying experience with them easier.
When you are building your new home, you are building your future, so choose wisely and build with your future requirements in mind.