How to hire the right project team for your self build

Ensure a smooth and stress-free self build process by hiring the right team for your project.

By Kunle Barker | 28 August 2020

Key to the success of your self build is finding the right professionals, who’ll be as passionate about your home as you are.

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However hands-on you intend to be with your construction process, a good crew of contractors, consultants and tradespeople that you trust is essential for a successful, low-stress build. Local recommendations from friends, family and neighbours are a good place to start your search, but do make thorough background checks before hiring anyone.

Find a brilliant builder

Choosing a builder is one of the most important decisions you will make. Try to find an experienced tradesperson with a good track record of delivering projects that are similar to yours. Speak to previous clients; visit a completed house and one that’s in progress as proof of their credentials. Don’t make your choice solely based on the prices that have been quoted – remember that the best builder will often not be the cheapest.

Read more: How to brief a builder on a home renovation project

Hiring the experts

Look for consultants, contractors and tradespeople who are interested in your project, who ask questions and suggest ideas. Someone who is engaged and keen to do the work is going to be far easier to deal with than someone who is unenthusiastic or uncommunicative.

Provide toilet facilities and a good supply of tea, coffee and biscuits – make your site a nice place to work and people will want to be there.