Over 40% of self builders choose a main contractor to manage their self build project, new Homebuilding.co.uk research shows. 

Based on the more than 3,000 submissions to the Homebuilding & Renovating Build Cost Calculator, almost 43% said they had appointed a main contractor to run the building site, organise the subcontractors and handle all the procurement. 

Choosing a build route is one of the most important planning elements of a self build. There are several things to consider when choosing your self build route, including where you are building and what you are building, your budget, and who will build it. 

Choosing a main contractor for your self build route can be practical if you know what design you want but don’t necessarily have the available time to manage your project, 

The main contractor can organise a smooth labour flow, manage deliveries, run the site itself and ensure design plans are followed through. 

Alternative Self Build Routes

Alternative self build routes include self-managing the project yourself, securing a package route, or sourcing a professional self build project manager, which can save you the job of finding a main contractor or sorting the design.

The survey findings revealed that while sourcing a main contractor was the most popular self build route, a number of other options are widely adopted by self builders.

The results showed that:

  • Just over 22% appointed a project manager then self-managed contractors
  • Just over 21% directly employed subcontractors
  • 13% primarily did the DIY themselves while hiring subcontractors for certain jobs

Of course, many self builders also decide to mix and match several of the approaches above, splitting the project into different sections. It is up to you to work out an arrangement that works best.

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