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Plot buying: Options & conditional contracts

These agreements can help to give you greater certainty that you’ll be able to build what you want when purchasing a site or property – but do you need them, and which is right for you? Mike Dade explains the ins and outs
This site has consent for three houses, one of which has already been largely built out, but the owner has decided to sell. It could suit the right self builder, keen to create their own home and sell the other two, but costings and any potential planning permission changes will need to be carefully scrutinised – so a conditional contract may be the way forward

W hether you’re buying a plot, a property for conversion or a house that needs substantial renovation or an extension, it’s important to know that you’ll be able to do what you want with the property before you commit to the purchase. Often the main area of uncertainty is whether planning permission will be granted, or if an existing consent can be amended. But any number of other issues might be at play – such as a legal question or something practical that could impede or add cost to your build.

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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