New extension? How to identify a good (not bad) building firm.

So how do you separate the good building firm from the bad? How can you be sure that they’ll do a good job for you? We give a few pointers here. And if you want to sanity check their prices – then scroll to the bottom for the best advice possible… A professional-looking quotation with…

Price increases: Why is the cost of my building project going up and up?

Where have these price increases from your building firm come from? No one wants a bigger bill but that’s where we are right now.      If you’ve struggled to find a builder in the first place, then you’ll know that there’s a building boom at the moment. All the work going on currently means a…

Get your budget right at the start and avoid hidden costs

Are the hidden costs included in your budget? Watch the recording of the 16-minute presentation (see below) that we made at the recent Build It magazine Advice Weekend on the 20th-21st February 2021. Jo Mulgrew, Operations Director at Cost My Self Build chatted with Managing Director, Adrian Wild about the possible pitfalls that could have…

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…