Is it safe for homeowners to employ builders during the Covid-19 crisis?

To say that Covid-19 has affected homeowners undertaking or considering building work is true enough. But it doesn’t mean all projects are off – far from it. Tradespeople may legally continue to work on construction projects, even in a lockdown situation. Home extensions and renovations pose more of a risk than new builds, for obvious…

Result! Law to be relaxed to make it easier for you to build your own home

A review of the law to make it easier for people to build their own home has been announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. And it’s welcome news here at Cost My Self Build HQ. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) currently there are around 15,000 self-and custom-builds built every…

Want two extra storeys to your home? You no longer need full planning permission.

If you need more space for your family or would like elderly relatives to have their own self-contained flat in your home, read on! The new rights to build two extra storeys on an existing property will come into force on 31st August 2020 in England only. The government has said the new rules are…

How to choose a quality-assured building firm for your project

How do I check the credentials of a building firm? How will I know if they’re up to no good? Can I trust their references? How do I choose between them all? These are just a few of the questions homeowners face when deciding who will be given their precious project. It’s important. It’s no…

Home owner! Buy cheap buy twice: did you get the estimate you paid for?

There are so many sayings relating to money – probably because it makes the world go round! ‘Cheap and cheerful’ is another one. Let’s face it – things are usually cheap for a reason. And that’s OK when it doesn’t have to last too long. But you wouldn’t scrimp on your self-build project would you?…

Domestic Client Duties under CDM 2015

Who is a domestic client? A domestic client is someone who has construction work carried out on their own home, or the home of a family member and which is not carried out in connection with a business. Local authorities, housing associations, charities, landlords and other businesses may own domestic properties but they are not…