Before you can begin to build, you need to find a suitable plot of land. There are plots available all over the UK, although competition can be stiff, as you’re up against builders and developers as well as others doing self-build projects.
You’ll need to make sure the land has planning permission for the type of building you want to do. You’ll also need to make sure the land is fit to build on. Make sure it’s not contaminated – this is a legal term meaning there are substances that could harm people or protected species, or pollute water. Contaminated land could be very expensive to sort out. You should also check how boggy the land is, whether there are any underground or overhead cables, and how close utility services are.
To find your plot, try:
- online land and property websites
If you’ve yet to decide on an area, websites can give you a view of what’s available country-wide
- land and property auctions
Property and land plots are regularly auctioned by property companies – go along to an auction and find out what’s available in the area you want
There are dedicated sites for people looking to self-build. To get started, try Plotfinder.net, PlotSearch and PlotBrowser
- enquiring about land that looks empty
Having sharp eyes and asking questions can unearth possible plots that might not be advertised for sale. If you see an area of land that looks disused, see if you can find out who owns it and ask if they’d consider selling.