Self-managed builds tend to take longer but you can save up to 15% on the overall cost by project managing the whole thing yourself. Being prepared for the huge commitment, that is overseeing and having overall control of a medium to large scale project, is key to completing on time and on budget.
3. Get references from your subcontractors and check them!
Save yourself an awkward conversation or having to delay your project when you have to fire a contractor by checking the references prior to hiring them. Top tip – always check their availability too!
4. Follow the rules!
We’ve already mentioned planning permission but you need to ensure all your sub contractors hold the correct qualifications and licenses to operate and that your building meets all the required building regulations.
Save yourself time, money and heartache by avoiding having to pull any of your build down, because it does not meet the local councils fire safety standards, for example.
5. Keep your neighbours onside
Showing your neighbours courtesy and consideration throughout the life of your building project makes for a more peaceful life afterwards. Let your neighbours know well in advance that building work is going to start and how long you anticipate it going on. If there are delays communicate these too. They will appreciate being kept in the loop. And it desn’t matter whether you build on a small plot or a large footprint – your neighbours are important!