Managing your own building project means you can delegate the tasks you can’t (or don’t want to) do, but still shoulder a large proportion of responsibility for the build.

This route suits an organised person as it involves commissioning a designer, and then hiring all of the contractors you need for the actual build. You will also need to source materials, sort insurance, and provide site facilities, so you need a good head for figures too.

People with building experience often choose this route to save the money spent on a main contractor or professional project manager. They also usually have contacts in the trade — it can be a bit daunting having to appoint tradesmen without an existing contact list. Anyone choosing the self managed route also needs to know about material requirements and the order in which jobs should be done.

Most of all the self managed route requires time. It may be hard to fit this in around a full time job as it will require a lot of time on site during the working week.

Advice for those considering self management:

  • You need to be the kind of person who can be firm but fair to ensure you get the most out of your tradesmen. You should also understand the various requirements of your contractors to make sure things run smoothly.
  • Don’t forget that the job of keeping the site tidy comes down to you. On any one day you may have people delivering materials, while windows are being fitted, and the roof tiled. This makes for a lot of mess and for safety and efficiency, it needs organising.
  • This route means you have a lot of control over the quality of your house, whilst costing you less than if you were to hire someone to do the role for you.

Self-managed case studies

Learn more from those who have self managed their own self build project.

Buying in bulk with a sibling, DIY, and a father who was happy to split the project management

Buying in bulk with a sibling, DIY, and a father who was happy to split the project management

A self managed self build in Somerset

A self managed self build in Somerset

Winner of the best Eco Home category in the Homebuilding and Renovating Awards 2010

Winner of the best Eco Home category in the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2010

The Provés were able to share suppliers and subcontractors with other self builders in their village

The Provés were able to share suppliers and subcontractors with other self builders in their village

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