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Getting started with a self or custom build home

Things to consider before building your own home

Exactly where would you consider living

This might sound odd, but the closer that you can narrow down your search for a plot or property, the more likely it is that you will find an opportunity sooner. Try to have a mini list of desired locations in order of preference and consider what is important to you and your household such as access to transport, doctors, schools, affordability and so on.

The length of time it will take to complete the project

Typically it can take six months or more to find a plot, up to eight weeks to achieve planning permission for developments between one and nine homes, 13 weeks for developments over 10 homes, and depending on your build method and financial position, anywhere between four months or more to construct.

Finding out how much you can realistically afford and setting a full budget

This is not easy to calculate if you have not engaged in a project of this type before. A number of self build support organisations have produced tools to help you set a budget and a useful summary of some of the budget headings you will need can be found on the Self Build Portal (opens new window). It is useful at this stage to consider how you will finance each stage of the project. Traditionally, self build mortgage finance in the UK is paid in set instalments following the completion of the following stages:

  • the purchase of land
  • completion of the footings and foundations
  • erection of the walls and roof to make the building water tight (commonly referred to as the shell of the building)
  • full completion and fit out.

There are mortgage products available that offer advance payments. These two types of mortgage are usually referred to as either an 'arrears based mortgage' or an 'advanced stage payment' mortgage. There are also bridging loan finance products that can assist with cash flow. 

Contact us

Housing Growth Team
Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre

0191 433 3462