Last edited 04 Dec 2014

Self-build home: Find a plot

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Find potential plots.

Finding a suitable plot (or property for conversion) is one of the biggest challenges for self-builders as demand generally exceeds supply. It might involve:

  • Advertising.
  • Registering with estate agents, land agents and local authorities.
  • Using online search sites.
  • Offering a finder’s fee to property professionals.
  • Joining a self-build forum.
  • Considering land or property owned by family members.
  • Approaching owners of land designated for residential use in local development plans.
  • Analysing aerial photography and large-scale maps which might reveal potential infill plots, such as; large back gardens, waste ground or brownfield sites.
  • Poorly built, low-value properties that might be worth purchasing for their land value.

Be aware that there are a number of scams that attempt to exploit people looking for self-build plots. Always keep in mind the phrase ‘buyer beware’. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Assess potential plots.

In considering different potential plots, it is important to assess:

Next stage: Develop a delivery strategy.

List of all stages.