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5 Protective Measures To Take For Your Self-Build

Thinking of building your own home? Self-builds have become increasingly popular in recent years - they allow you to effectively design your dream home and can often be more affordable than buying an existing home of the same quality. It is no wonder that business like Schaeffer Homes, for example, are being used so that people can create an ideal home for their future. However, there are certain risks to consider when building a house that shouldn’t be overlooked. Below are 5 ways you can protect yourself against these risks.

Design and Layout

Content Under the New Pointer: Building your own home takes a lot of work, so it's important to have a design and layout in mind before you start taking protective steps. First, decide what kind of home you want and any additions you need. Next, think about the materials you'll use, like the type of ceiling and flooring.

For example, decide whether you want a wood, tile, or carpet floor. Likewise, if you're planning to build a garage, look into what's trending. Interestingly, steel buildings are popular now for their strength and quality, among many other benefits. You can visit to learn why they are becoming popular and how they can be helpful. Luckily, contractors can build them for you. Having all these details planned out will help you start your project smoothly.

Get full planning permission

When undertaking any construction project, it’s a good idea to obtain planning permission. Your local planning committee can order to have your self-build demolished if it goes against local planning restrictions (either that or you will receive a large fan). By finding out exactly what restrictions are in place, you can build your home around these restrictions. It’s often best to look into any restrictions before purchasing a plot of land to build on. After purchasing the land and designing your home, you should then apply for planning permission before starting any construction work to make sure that your design is acceptable. Getting the approval of your neighbors is also recommended.

Take out self-build insurance

Self-build insurance can financially cover you against various disasters that may occur during the self-build process. This includes the injury of any workers on your site, as well as any damage that occurs to the building during construction. Some self-build insurance schemes may even provide a 10 year warranty on top of this so that any potential snags can be fixed. There are various companies online that provide this cover.

Check if contractors are insured

Rather than taking out insurance yourself, you may be able to cover yourself when building a home in Utah or elsewhere simply by hiring contractors who are fully insured themselves. This can save you an enormous amount of stress, headaches and paperwork, and by leaving it to the experts you'll be guaranteed appropriate coverage if anything does go wrong. Many contractors will have public liability insurance, which covers you against any potential injuries caused to anyone or any potential damage caused to anyone’s property during the build. It’s also worth checking if they provide a performance bond for construction of your self-build. This is a guarantee of sorts that will ensure you are paid compensation if for some reason construction is not completed. Hopefully, you won’t need these forms of cover, but it’s useful to have them just in case. 

Physically secure your site

While your home is being built, it could be important to make sure that the site is adequately secured so that there is no risk of vandalism, theft of equipment or squatting. This could include putting up security cameras or building a temporary anti-climb barrier around the site. This is particularly worthwhile when it comes to construction projects in urban areas.

Budget for the unexpected

There are all kinds of unexpected setbacks to be wary of when building a home from bad weather to delays in shipping materials. This can result in having to spend extra money that you may not have budgeted for. For this reason, you should try not to have too tight a budget. Having some cash spare will help to cover any problems so that you don’t end up running out of money mid-construction.


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