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Need to know

The dangers of cutting corners on your self build project

As part of the service I offer self builders who attend my courses at the National Self Build Renovation Centre, attendees get advice about issues they’re having with their schemes and the invitation to get in touch. Obviously, I’m not offering to manage everyone’s projects, but if there’s a question I can help with, I’m happy to do so.

It’s satisfying when people send me photos of finished schemes, and perhaps a nod of thanks for pointing them in the right direction – or in some cases lending a hand so they can avoid costly errors.My record to date for helping someone save money is £18,000. This person was erroneously invoiced for VAT on the labour element of their self build project – I caught that just in time.

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The April 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 stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!