What You Should Know Before Self-Building On a Rural Plot

Posted on Dec 6 2014 - 7:09am by Editorial Staff


Rural settings offer an opportunity to own a home and property that is serene and quiet. The process of self building is desirable, yet often complex. Read on for some important factors to consider before moving ahead with self-building on a rural plot.

Locating and Purchasing a Rural Plot

In order to locate available rural plots, you may want to drive around desirable areas in search of posted for sale signs. You could also check online sources, or contact a real estate agent, or private developer. Banks may also be able to advise you of derelict properties that may be available for sale.

Gaining Permission

Check with your local authorities before purchasing any rural land plots. There are various regulations and guidelines regarding what size of dwelling may be built in certain areas. Be sure that you only purchase a plot that meshes with your desired home dimensions. Be sure that the regulatory time lines for building on the plot also mesh with your plans.

Set Up Water and Utilities

It is important to look into how you will obtain water and utility services at your rural plot. Contact a company such as Lagan Water to learn more about the cost and logistics of setting up efficient and environmentally sensitive means of water delivery and collection. Also research the gas and power supply company servicing your rural plot. There are various providers per region, and it is wise to compare rates and tariffs. Websites like UK Power remove guesswork by offering a search code where landowners can simply enter their postcode and compare prices.

Budgeting Building Expenses

Realize that even self builders sometimes need advice. Factor fee based consultations into your building budget. Most contractors do not offer free building advice, but are invaluable resources when you have questions. Even if you plan to complete all building labor on your own, you will probably still use the drawing and drafting skills of a licensed architect. If you have friends, family members, or acquaintances who have self built in the past, ask them any pertinent questions, or even ask to carefully view their homes. Building exhibitions and self building books and magazines also offer a wealth of information and knowledge.

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