Completing a self-build project is probably one of the most satisfying projects you can complete in your life, particularly if you don’t even work within the construction industry. Economic reasons mean that more and more people are turning down this route, although a lack of experience means that many neglect to think about some of the key costs involved.
Most of the time it’s easy to accumulate the cost of materials, with a lot of builder’s merchants providing this information on hand. However, when it comes to other areas it’s much more difficult to find details, and this subsequently becomes forgotten about when it comes to financial planning. As such, we’ll now highlight the three areas of a self-build project that you simply must remember in a bid to keep your costs in order.
Even if you are constructing a bungalow, scaffolding will be required. A lot of people just regard it as a few pipes being joined together, but in reality it’s a highly specialised field that will require you to invest in a third party service. Click here for more information on renting scaffolding, and how much damage it is going to do to your budget.
While most people will appreciate that they will need machinery on-site, a lot of the time it’s underestimated. There’s far more to do than digging the foundations, you’ll probably need some form of machinery on site every single day of the project. Whether it’s the crane to hoist materials to roof-level, or just a cement mixer – make sure everything is covered before giving the go-ahead.
Last, but certainly not least, is the dreaded paperwork. Planning applications and building regulation approval is often overlooked, but can make considerable differences to a project’s budget. Make sure you check with your local authority before continuing, as you may have to adjust your project in accordance with the increased costs.