Possible Problems – Extention/Remodel


Self-building is a complicated process, so avoid these dangers and make your project a success

Don’t be

Inflexible – nothing in the building process is rigid. You are likely to face obstacles during the project, but if you’re open minded solutions will be easier to achieve.

Disorganized – lack of coordination will result in mistakes being made that will leave you out of pocket and waste time.

Stubborn – nobody knows everything about designing and building, so remember that first hand experience is invaluable.

Frivolous – work out your budget and try to stick to it as closely as possible and be conscious of the fact that your finances aren’t infinite.

Impractical – if you have a family it’s wise to arrange temporary accommodation if the house isn’t habitable. Living on site can seriously disrupt family life and slow up the build.

Unrealistic – although this is a great opportunity to realise your dream home, remember you are building in reality.

Naïve – write clear briefs for your contractors and draw up contracts to avoid exploitation.

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