Managing Your Self Build
Managing a self-build efficiently means that you must know exactly what is going on at all times during the build not only onsite but with all aspects of the build.
MaterialsIt is not enough to know that there are adequate materials onsite for that day's work. You must have planned and ordered items in advance so that work is never held up during the build.
HireFrom time to time you will have to hire equipment such as diggers, cranes and tools. Ensure that you have ordered these items and arranged for their delivery on the days they are needed. Remember to return them and that the dates are corrected when you are invoiced.
ContractorBuilding contractors are busy people and as such you must ensure that you book in advance the days that they are needed. Bad weather can cause a backlog of work and you must always check that they are still available on the days booked and not just rely on them turning up on the day they are required.
ServicesAccess to services such as water gas electricity and sewerage will need to be planned well in advance. You are liasing with large companies and paperwork can go adrift. Get everything in writing from these service providers and double check they will arrive on the time that was promised.
PermitsQuite often trenches will need to be dug across roads and pathways and road opening licenses will need to be applied for. Allow adequate time for this type of work.
Deliveries of large items may mean that cranes and lorries will block off the road to other traffic. Your architect and even the building inspector will know if permits are needed for these tasks.
Quite often if this work is subcontracted out you will not have the worry of applying for a permit - but check as hold ups on the day will be costly and time consuming.