Owner-building is a DIY approach that allows homeowners to build their house or extend it on their own.
Many people prefer to acquire services of professional builders to get the job done. It saves them from the efforts of building a complete house structure.
Building a house on your own is a hectic task, and you have to manage multiple responsibilities to get done with it.
However, the amount of satisfaction you get after building your living place cannot be matched.
Following pros and cons are involved in the owner building process:
One of the major motivations behind owner building is to save money you have to pay to the builder. However, this may not negate the need for a housing loan and you should speak to your bank early about your capacity to borrow if the need exists.
It constitutes almost 30% of overall construction costs that you can save. It does not necessarily mean that you have to do all of it on your own.
Location will also require specific knowledge. If you are buying a house in the suburbs, you will need to consider the obligations and legal requirements of that setting.
You can hire professional services for specific tasks such as flooring, roofing or painting your house.
It is recommended to have prior experience and knowledge to avoid making costly mistakes.
Professional workers have advanced tools and equipment through which they can efficiently build a house.
You have to purchase costly machinery if you wish to speed up the building process.
Professional builders are well-aware of the methods of using them. Therefore, they usually do not make mistakes.
Owner builders have to deal with a variety of legal matters on their own. They have to obtain permits from relevant authorities to perform the construction work on their property.
You have to ensure that you build the house as per the local building regulations. This applies to rural properties, farm sheds and buildings as well as residential and urban areas.
The Building Code of Australia defines these laws. They specify the quality of material and standard building practices.
When managing the construction project on your own, there are certain safety rules that you must follow.
These rules and regulations are specified by Occupational Safety Health Act of 1984 and ensure the wellbeing of workers.
You have to fulfill all legal requirements on your own if you have signed the owner-builder contract.
No matter how many workers you hire later for minor tasks, you cannot delegate someone else to complete legal requirements on your behalf.
A major problem faced during owner building is that it is relatively difficult to meet the targets in due time.
If you do not have enough experience, you will come across various problems.
Homeowners who already have a full-time job often find it difficult to dedicate enough time for construction.
Make sure that you have time to complete the task efficiently before taking the responsibility.
Freedom of Choice
When building your house on your own, you have full freedom to implement your decisions.
You have the authority to choose designs and carry out the project in the desired manner.
The vision of professional builders may vary from that of yours due to which you may not get required results.
Moreover, you gain a sense of satisfaction by building your place to live.
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