Can any build be simple and stress free? Well if we are honest probably not but that doesn't meant you can't aim to have your build run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Start off with the mind set that the project will come in on time and most definitely on budget. You need to prepare to be continually planning, researching and getting the best price on every single aspect of the project. Remember the saying 'Watch the pennies and the pounds will soon add up". This is even more true on a building project.
Before you even break the ground there is a lot of planning and preparation to be done. A build programme is an obvious must but what about a pre build programme too to keep you on track.
Have you found your plot? Have you organised you fiances, including a contingency? Who will design your build or is it an off the shelf design? Can you build what you want to build in the place you want to build it? Are you insured? Have you checked the references of your builder, architect, plasterer, roofer etc etc?
Once the build starts you need to become a spreadsheet obsessive, track everything and every penny and try to foresee the problems before they occur that way they should be much easier to sort out and less costly to your ever so precious bank balance.
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