Common mistakes made by self-builders
If you can’t find your dream home – or let’s face it, afford it, those who have the time and money may consider changing or building their own house but there some common mistakes made by self-builders you should try to avoid.
But there are some common pitfalls self-builders should avoid. The most common self-build mistake, however, actually comes down to not being realistic enough. Which is fair enough when it’s your dream home! But while over-confidence and self-belief is needed to take on a project as huge as building a home, there needs to be an element of practicality and awareness about the many obstacles that can get in the way.
According to Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud, years of filming have revealed that the most common mistake is one which is bound up with human nature and over-confidence.
“Those of us who are blessed with a degree of normal self-doubt are hugely nervous of the idea of embarking on a project like this. And so those that do, tend to be pretty well-empowered individuals.
“The majority of people we film have a degree of self-belief, that’s what’s got them there in the first place. That brings with it a belief that I hear again and again, which is: “This project is going to come in on time and on budget.” And my answer is: “I’ve never really seen a project do that”.
For ideas on how to stay on track financially and on schedule, please see our blog on How to manage a self-build budget here.