Sourcing Land for a Self-Build Home
It’s a fact that the average house-hunter can save between 10-30 per cent on market rates by building their own home instead of buying an existing property. With potential savings like these, you may wonder why more people aren’t opting for self-builds.
Changing Legislation for Self-Build Land
According to a recent survey by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), more than 90 per cent of people who would like to build their own home are put off by the great difficulties in finding available building plots at the right price. The good news is that things are changing, and it has recently become far easier to source land at a reasonable rate.
From the 1st of April 2016, local authorities are now obligated to keep a register of people in their area who have expressed an interest in building their own home. This data will then be used by councils when they are creating their housing plans in order to allocate sufficient plots of land for self-builders. The ‘Right to Build’ legislation benefits both the individual and the council; self-builders can access the land they need, and the council is able to boost its housing stock.
If you are hoping to take advantage of the ease in sourcing land for your self-build, there are several options available to you. You can try looking on property search websites such as Rightmove, and dedicated plot-for-sale website like plotbrowser.com, but they rarely provide enough information on the suitability of the plot for your self-build plans. It’s also crucial to note that plots are sometimes advertised which have not been granted planning permission, and so you could end up being left with land you can’t build on unless you do your research. A hassle-free alternative to sourcing your own land is to hire an architect to do the hard work for you. Site selection, appraisal and gaining planning permission are just some of the self-build services we offer here at Block Architects.
As well as being a project you can be proud of, the attractive prospect of designing a home to your exact specifications is only increased by the potential future savings that are part and parcel of a self-build project. For example, your architect can include the latest in energy efficient technology into your home, which will save you surprising amounts of money on energy bills. With a little forward-thinking, you can also negate the need for any extensions or remodelling work, which is far more difficult when buying an existing property.
If you’re interested in the idea of building your own home, why not chat to one of our professional architects? We are always happy to discuss your requirements and talk you through the options that are right for you.
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