London, United Kingdom, July 28, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- As house prices continue to rise an increasing number of house buyers are turning to self-build and choosing to design and construct their own homes.
Recent research by HomePlots (the online plot portal) suggests that over 25,000 people a year embark on self-build projects, either doing all or part of the work themselves, or employing a team of builders and architects to undertake the creation of their dream home for them.
It is estimated that a quarter of new detached houses in the UK are built in this way, saving 25–40% of the cost of a comparable ready-built home.
For many, the lure of self-building is the money that can be saved. But the appeal of self-build is not just financial. The opportunity to acquire a home built according to personal tastes and specifications allows self-build properties to incorporate the benefits of contemporary design and modern conveniences, whilst at the same time allowing for a character or period appearance.
Self Build cost savings
The combined cost of land purchase, building materials and labour will generally be less than buying an equivalent pre-built property, as you do not have to pay the premium that makes up the developer's profits. The average self build detached home costs £250,000 with around 40% of the total budget spent on the plot of land.
In fact, HomePlot’s research suggests that self-builds can be worth as much as 30% more than the land and build costs the moment they are put onto the open market.
With an increasing number of new self builders each year the primary problem that most of them face is finding a plot of land to put their new house on. Finding a building plot is one of the hardest steps because most available residential building land is quickly snapped up by the large house building companies.
That’s where HomePlots come in.
They have created an online Plot Portal at www.homeplots.eu which has a wealth of features* designed to facilitate an easier plot hunting process.
Unlike other plot listing services HomePlots does not charge a fee to buyers to view plots.
That's because HomePlots believe that looking for building plots is hard enough without the added burden of having to pay to subscribe to a service before you can actually see whether they have any plots suitable for you.
HomePlots features plots for sale by private sellers and estate agents as well as architects, chartered surveyors and local authorities.
Plot listings include full details and photos as well as details of planning permission and aerial views so you can get a close up view of each plot before you enquire.
It's then easy to save a shortlist of plots and arrange viewings directly online with the seller or agent.
Features Unique to HomePlots
HomePlots is completely free - no subscription fees or finders fees.
PlotMap - view plots throughout the UK and zoom in for aerial views with the interactive map.
PlotAuction - weekly online auctions of plots & renovation properties - so you can bid for a bargain.
HomePlots have created some online demos so you can see how easy it is to search for building plots and redevelopment properties throughout the UK.
For further information on HomePlots visit their online plot portal.