Self builders ‘should consider hiring assistance’

SelfBuildPeople embarking on a self build project could come across problems and financial losses if they fail to hire professionals to help them, an expert has said.

Managing director of Sense of Space Architects and representative of the Association of Self Build Architects Richard Addenbrook claimed construction is a “complicated process”.

“Many things can go wrong,” he stated, adding that specialists can provide assistance to minimise the amount of issues that occur.

Both old and new clients ought to “employ the right professional to see a job through, right from the beginning”, the expert argued.

Architects, for instance, have experience in achieving planning permits and competence in technical aspects that can provide benefits to self build projects, Mr Addenbrook declared.

Furthermore, some are very skilled in sustainable construction and housing, which he called a “big driving force” for customers at present.

A recent report from Angie’s List revealed 83 per cent of the organisation’s members have undertaken DIY jobs to save money, yet one in five of these have had to call in professionals to help them finish the job or repair damage.

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