13 Feb 2018
Having worked in the construction industry for 15 years, John Scarff had been involved with a number of self-build projects and had always longed to complete a build of his own, though the time was never quite right.
A property purchase is most likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make, and when that property is listed you need to take extra care to ensure that it is properly insured. Here, The Listed Property Owners’ Club helps decode insurance cover and terminology.
Here Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer at CRL, gives self-builders, home renovators and new-build homeowners an insight into the longevity of the average new-build home.
31 Oct 2017
New YouGov research suggests a high level of anxiety around Japanese knotweed and alarming levels of misinformation.
02 Oct 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new topic. In fact, it has been a discussion point for decades and the first smart appliance, a toaster, was actually connected to the internet back in 1989, writes Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer at CRL.
01 Sep 2017
If you’re planning a self-build, whether a first-timer or an experienced hand, you’ll need funding in place to drive your home-building project through its various stages, and the chances are that at least part of that funding will come in the form of a mortgage, says Rachel Pyne, Operations Director…
27 Jul 2017
Did you know it is vital that appropriate cover is obtained for listed homes as general insurance providers may only provide enough cover for a minimal ‘standard’ rebuild, leaving you to finance the shortfall should the worst happen?
If you are a self-builder about to undertake a project involving the conversion of a barn, you need to consider the cost of and difficulty in obtaining a building warranty (Latent Defect Insurance), says Rosita Mendonca from BuildSafe – a leading building warranty insurance provider.
30 May 2017
Self-build projects account for 7 to 10% of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80% in Austria and 60% in France. Barriers to self-build in England include; lack of available financing, planning and regulation processes as well as land supply and procurement. In…
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales. Monies from CIL can help local authorities deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area, such as travel improvements and schools. Here, Sarah Chilcott,…