So you’ve decided to set out on the adventure of building your dream home. Step one, before you can begin designing and building, is finding your land. SJD tell us how

When should I think about using a professional land finder? 

Single plots, in the location you want and at a price you can afford, are notoriously difficult to find – this is where the land finder will prove indispensable. The plots are out there – they just need to be sourced and it is all about the contacts they have. When you are looking for your dream home, the initial costs of a land finder will be money well spent.  

Where should I start my search for a plot for my self build? 

The most obvious source is a land agent which, as the name suggests, is their main business purpose. Whilst most land agents deal with larger sites, they do have single self build plots available. As the land agent will know the majority of developers, they also hear about new opportunities before they are marketed. Estate agents are also often the first port of call. 

What should be taken into consideration? 

Fundamentally, it is all down to pricing – get this right and the project is more likely to be a success. Sensible pricing of the build costs and the likely end value will help avoid any pitfalls.

How can I make sure I’m one of the first to find out about a building opportunity? 

Working with an agent is the best way forward. Whilst they are unlikely to offer total exclusivity, the sale process is generally a lot more straight forward as sites are not openly marketed, which avoids the melee that is associated with open market transactions. 

What should I be wary of? 

At the moment build costs have rocketed, and what might seem financially sound may prove to exceed the budget, with the cost of materials and labour at an all time high.

Founded over 15 years ago, SJD provide expert advice on land, property and development for developers and home owners. For more advice and help finding the land on which you could build your dream home visit sjd-projects.co.uk

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