Too much information ‘confusing self-builders’

People who are planning to carry out their own self-build project are often becoming overwhelmed with the amount of information available to them.

This is the opinion of Barry Sutcliffe, a self-build expert with more than 25 years of experience in the sector, who said government ministers have expressed concerns that the sector is moving backwards for the first time in two decades.

He noted the amount of information relating to areas of the building sector which people have no knowledge of is causing problems for prospective builders, with the level of discussion on projects being posted online further adding to the difficulties many are facing.

“When you’re talking about contracts, retentions and specifications, all of this sort of stuff, it’s confusing them,” Mr Sutcliffe explained.

The issue of individuals being unable to access adequate finance or land to build their dream property is also causing issues in the sector, according to recent comments from Jason Orme, editor at Homebuilding & Renovating.

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  1. It has always been a passion of mine to build my own property and it is a very confusing jumble of red tape to cut through. For anyone who is looking to embark on such a project, I think there are 3 key things that must be done:

    1) Research, Research, Research to gather as much information about architects, contractors, building products, lead times, planning permission, build times, specifications and who can assist you with good, solid advice.

    2) Hire a Project Manager to run the project for you. They are an invaluable resource based on knowledge and experience. You must of course gather references on their previous work first (as you do with architects)!

    3) Plan everything meticulously from the foundations, to bolts, nails and the welcome mat!



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