Many people have successfully self-built several properties and cleared their mortgage early in so doing. Build three and the fourth one’s free. That’s a very rough rule of thumb but shows What is achievable with determination.
Build quality in new houses from large developers is questionable, we’ve all heard stories of poor construction. Many national developers employ sub-contractors on very low rates – they may be given dozens of kitchens to install but on a discount. Top quality is not going to be their main consideration, they are not accountable to the real customer – you. The developer may never even see the work done. With self-build you are the customer and you get to specify, inspect and pay only when you get exactly what you want. There is every opportunity to get top quality work.
Choosing a design is a pleasurable challenge – there are so many to consider. With national developers knocking out characterless boxes, self-build offers a wonderful opportunity to build something exciting, contemporary and unique. Why compromise when you can build something special for the same money.
Paul Jordan has successfully completed a self-build – see his Facebook group here.
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