First steps to a successful Self-Build

Planning to ‘Grand Design’ yourself to happiness ? First, don’t lose the plot!

As it becomes harder to find the perfect home, purchasers are increasingly believing that the answer to their problem lies in either building the dream property on an empty site, or dramatically recreating an existing building. Ten to fifteen percent of our initial enquiries are from people looking for a site on which to build; but 90% of these people are seriously uninformed about the reality of the project they have in mind.

Good sites are very difficult to find. Building your own home is certainly not a cheap option. Purchasers will find themselves in competition with developers whose costs are lower, so if they succeed in outbidding a professional, they will find that their margins are very tight indeed. As an exercise, building your own house is perhaps most useful for purchasers whose needs are so specific they are unable to find an existing property that suits.

Anyone trying to find one for themselves needs plenty of patience and tenacity. Here are some tips gleaned from years of experience on how to find your plot.

We have further advice for prospective DIY builders once you have found a potential plot.

Make sure you understand the property jargon you might encounter. Of particular interest, for clarification on parcels of ‘Unregistered Land.

 

And don’t forget, you can always call on the professionals – Stacks Property Search can be invaluable in finding land for prospective self builders. Not only will you be first to hear when a potential site is coming to the market, you will also be viewed as a serious buyer by any agent involved.

Our strong relationships with local estate agents often ensures that we hear about land for sale before, or as soon as, it comes onto the market. Estate agents are often keen to involve buying agents in land sales that are notoriously difficult to market. A piece of land, or dilapidated building, that is difficult to photograph and present, may attract a lot of interest, but often much of the interest comes from buyers who aren’t serious.

Our local contacts are essential to finding building plots. Land often sells by word of mouth within the local area so a serious buyer needs to have eyes and ears in the area on a daily basis.”

We also ensure buyers aren’t making a big mistake. Buyers are often so excited to find a suitable plot that they overlook problems and disadvantages, especially locational, in the joy of the moment! We can also help with planning issues, and look at the costs involved compared with the likely finished value of the property.

To understand more how a Buying Agent can help you reach your own ‘Grand Design’, get in touch with your local Property Finder.

Stacks can also help small scale developers and investors in their search for the right plot.

 

You may also be interested in

view more

Buying a Renovation Project

It can be so tempting to buy a renovation project, especially if it seems like an excellent price, but it’s important to consider if buying a renovation project is worth it. It’s become very fashionable to do up a wreck – numerous television programmes on the subject are largely responsible! Our...

Why is Buying a House Stressful? Top 10 Reasons

There are many reasons why buying a house is stressful. In fact, according to many sources including Very Well Mind, moving is one of the top 5 most stressful things in life. So, why is buying a house so stressful? And – more importantly – how can Stacks help you to...

Buying Property at Auction: Everything You Need to Know

Buying a property at auction can be a minefield – especially if it’s your first time.  At Stacks, we work with buyers in all situations; we can help and advise on any area of property finding and purchases, including buying property at auction.  Professional Property Purchaser Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search advises new...

Find Your Plot

Anyone trying to find a building plot for themselves needs plenty of patience and tenacity. Here are some tips gleaned from years of experience. Let estate agents know your requirements, but don’t rely on them alone – many plots aren’t sold through agents. Consider speaking with professional developers to see if they...

Start your property search today

Call us on +44 (0) 1594 842880 or complete the form below

    Your Details



    Your property requirements:

    Status:
    SoldThinking of movingOn the marketExchangingIn rented accommodationCash buyerIn need of helpOther


    We will never share your details with a third party. For more information about how we handle your data, please see our Privacy Policy

    How we can help you

    View our property finder services

    When making probably the most important financial decision of your life, it pays to have the right advisors at your side.

    Property Finder Service

    We search high and low, on the market and off the market, and we keep hunting until we’ve found the right property for you. Next we negotiate the best price and terms on your behalf. And then we make sure you enjoy a hassle-free move.

    Downsizing or Resizing

    Retirement or semi-retirement is an exciting stage in life. Finding the right home to live in and enjoy it to the full is important. We know that and will do all that we can to understand what you’re looking for… before starting to search. And search we will, until we find the house of your dreams.

    Moving from Abroad

    Relocating is time consuming and stressful. We regularly work with clients who live abroad. We hunt, short-list, prepare your viewings, and make the search process as easy as possible. We oversee the negotiations, manage the conveyancing, and deal with the headaches, so you can concentrate on other aspects of your move.

    Holiday Home Hunt

    A holiday home is often an interesting mix of investment and heartfelt connection. You want to use it, but you may well also be keen for others to use it too. We can advise you on what factors to consider in making your decision. And we can then find the perfect holiday home for you to enjoy.

    Investing in UK Property

    Others say, ‘location, location, location’. We say, ‘location, purpose, price, capital growth, rental returns’… the list goes on. Knowing the market is critical. Local knowledge is key. We ensure all aspects of your investment decision are addressed. Finding, analysing, negotiating, and completing… it’s what we do.

    “You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

    “We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

    “We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

    “Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

    “It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

    “Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

    “Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

    “I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

    “Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

    “You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

    “We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

    “I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Receive updates about the world of property, straight to your inbox.

    * indicates required