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Arrange your service connections early on

We are in the process of self-building a bungalow. I would like to advise my fellow readers to make contact with utility companies as soon as planning consent has been given. This part of a project can be a drawn out process, so in my experience it’s best to start discussions straight away, even if you’re still awaiting tenders from suitable contractors. This will help to ensure building works are not held back by a provider’s slow response. Our plot is around 65m from the road, so the total cost for connecting water, gas and electricity came to £12,000. But don’t expect different providers to use the same trench – they rarely coordinate work. Ken Seager, via email

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The October edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!
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