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Lessons Learned ...

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Lessons Learned ...

A Blog ...

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ery early on we realised that during this process we would become aware of things that we missed, that we should have done earlier, that we shouldn’t have done etc etc etc. So below is a list of things that you might find useful in your own self-build project, which will continue to grow until the completion of the build.

  1. ensure your chosen builders are reputable and are part of the correct building groups and can offer you an NHBC certificate; this will ensure that your home is built to a good standard and that you will have comebacks if anything does go wrong, which of course can and sometimes does …
  2. have a design spec and research and choose every single item of the build that is important to you …
  3. show on your footings drawings where the toilets will go, it will help the guys and it also makes a difference to the footings
  4. get your soil tested before you go out to tender, if the soil isn’t the right kind of soil it will cost you more than you realise
  5. have a contingency – you really cannot predict anything
  6. ensure that window placement looks good from both the inside of the house and the outside
  7. make sure where your windows and doors are placed looks right in the room
  8. bottom everything before you sign the contract, and I mean everything … from expected timescale to how they tidy up at the end of each day and how they protect and treat your precious home (to them it’s just a building site but to you it’s your home …
  9. read, read, read, and re-read the contract over and over before you sign it … DO NOT sign it in the meeting room, take it home and read it thoroughly before you sign it …
  10. visit site every single day and question everything you may be concerned about …
  11. always remember you are paying an incredible amount of money for your home to be built and it’s your money and the builders reputation on the line, so be diligent …

HOPE THESE HELP YOU …

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