When most people are asked, what the first thing that happens when you begin to build your own house, many will say you dig the foundations. But long before this procedure occurs and the digger has been switched on there are many steps to plan ahead of any construction effort. The first thing you will need to ask yourself is whether you have the budget to support the project, and if the answer is yes, how will you plan that budget so that all the cost and expenditure are spent wisely.

There is a strong possibility that you will need to go to your bank and request a mortgage or construction loan. It is never too early to find out how much your bank or lender is prepared to lend you and what figure you should qualify to get.

The second stage of the build should be to choose your location. Find out which plot you want and if there is one available in the area where you want to build. You must understand certain conditions such as the condition of the soil, does the area have good drainage, does it flood regularly and what are the building regulations imposed by the local authority that you must adhere to. Some local authorities insist that no home can be built higher than one storey or have laws that demand a home covers a maximum of 25 percent of the whole plot, allowing for the plot to be mainly garden.

The next stage is to line up your team of professionals. You will need designers, constructors like a bricklayer, labourers, carpenters and plumbers at various points in the timescale of your home construction.

The fourth step in building your own home should be the plan of your home. If you look at a catalogue of various and popular home designs you will notice that there are about ten or so stock designs that are built. Look for the one you wish to have a stick to that plan.

The final stage in building your own home has to be where you negotiate a contract with the builder, contractor, designer and architect. They will all get involved at some stage of the contract negotiations and will be asked to submit their signatures to the paperwork as well as your own. Do not forget to amend the contract if plans are changed half way through the house build. 

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  • How to find the right builder
  • What you need to know before you sign a building contract
  • How to select the right home for you