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On completion

No, a selfbuild house never seems complete, but at the stage commonly called practical completionthis is the point at which basically all the building work is complete and you can move in. There may be the odd small outstanding item and occasionally minor defects may show up over the following months various things come into […]

Getting started

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As soon as you have got planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, […]

Purchasing Land

The government has plans to make more plots of land available on a ‘build now, pay later’ basis. Depending on how things pan out this could be a major stimulation for self build as there would be less of a financial burden during the period of building to completion. Recently the government in conjunction […]

Site Safety/Security

As soon as you have purchased a site it is your responsibility to make it safe. Bear in mind that even if someone is trespassing on the land and injures themselves then you may be liable. If it is a totally safe flat area then you are in the same position as a farmer with […]