How to keep your neighbours on side during a self-build

Read our guide on how to not upset your neighbours during your self-build project and avoid undue stress.

By Becca Green | 21 November 2019

One of the main concerns when embarking on a self-build is disputes with neighbours over noise and disruption. Keep reading for our top tips on keeping the peace.

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Making sure your neighbours are on side during your self-build is an important element to consider when planning building works at home. Andy McCarthy, Co-founder of independent project management company, Run Projects, has provided his top tips for minimising stress levels for everybody involved.

Communication is key

One thing that is sure to infuriate your neighbours is a lack of communication. Receiving your drawings and details of your proposals directly from the local council, or the party wall notices directly from a surveyor, can often be seen as cold and unneighbourly.

Taking time to advise your neighbours of what your intentions are can help to diffuse this from the outset and open a useful dialogue.

The Party Wall Act

The Party Wall Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes relating to building works to the party or boundary walls, or within close proximity to a neighbour’s building.

The Act requires that you give your neighbours notice of the intention to undertake these works and an award will set out how these works are to be planned and undertaken. Hand delivering your party wall notices to your neighbours gives you the opportunity to talk the proposals through and alleviate some of their concerns.