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How consultants can add value to your build

Mike Hardwick explains why cutting out the middleman isn’t always a cost-eff ective option
Having a basic lighting plan is one thing, but how can you best translate it into a scheme that will bring your fi nished home to life? You guessed it: use an experienced lighting consultant

A deep desire to make our money go further means we tend to focus on buying materials and skilled labour when budgeting for a project. This is completely understandable – after all, making savings in these areas will yield tangible results, so you get that instant gratifi cation of money well spent.

We’re far less enthusiastic about paying for consultants, however, maybe because the outcomes are not so obvious and the word itself is often considered synonymous with ‘expensive’. Somebody once described a consultant to me as “a person who, when you ask the time, borrows your watch, tells you what the time is and then sells the watch back to you.” In other words, money for old rope.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land