Repair or replace?

As many self-builders fail to find the magic greenfield plot they seek, some turn instead to buying an existing house with a view to making considerable repairs, or choosing to replace it to build new.

A substantial minority of self-builders – up to 40 per cent according to some studies* – buy an existing house rather than search even longer to try to find that perfect plot.

For one, there will be services which removes one more uncertainty from your early concerns although make sure to check the situation with wastewater treatment as this could prove to be a stumbling block, i.e. it may be expensive to upgrade the existing system in the case of an onsite treatment system, and the planners may have issues with you putting in a system on that particular site and may refuse permission on those grounds.

Andrew Stanway

Written by Andrew Stanway

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