Ep71 – Top 5 pitfalls to avoid when self-building

Pete Cole of Pete Cole Consulting shares the most common issues he comes across self-build sites, including:

  • How to work to a budget – where to spend your money
  • Evaluating site conditions, from utilities running through the site to contamination
  • Task approval in NI, developer enquiries
  • Variations to designs and importance of site meetings
  • How to choose a builder and pitfalls of going direct labour
  • What can go wrong and examples of the need for site supervision
  • What contract to sign with your builder in NI
  • What to do if you want to do some work and/or hire some trades yourself
  • Issue of availability of skilled labour and changing technologies
  • Issues with pitched warm roofs, including potential of condensation with panels
  • How to deal with defects
  • Who has PI insurance and who needs to sign off on changes
  • Practical examples

Recorded at Selfbuild Live Belfast in October 2023.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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