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5 quick Mortgage Master tips every self builder needs to hear

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23 Aug 2017

Posted in:  Self Builder

First things first; congrats on being able to start your build. With the current climate in Ireland, even getting to a stage where you are ready to make the plunge and can consider building your own home is a major achievement.

With the introduction of the government’s Help-to-Buy Scheme, there’s never been a better time to get things started. Some things to note about the scheme:

  • It’s for first time buyers/builders only, and allows them to claim 5 percent of the purchase price for qualifying new builds or 5 per cent of the completion value of self builds.
  • The grant comes in the form of a rebate of tax/DIRT paid over the last four years – which means the amount will depends on Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) and income tax paid.
  • Only new builds or self builds up to the value of €500,000 are eligible, with a maximum rebate of €20,000 given – which is pretty sweet.
  • The scheme launched on 19th July 2016 and will run to 31st December 2019.
  • Psst – for more info, you can visit revenue.ie.

The average house price in Ireland at the time of writing is €227,000, so if you do happen to be building ‘the average house’, you’ll get a refund of €11,350 with the scheme. The even better news is that this rebate can form a part of your deposit.

Don’t worry too much if the figures are getting you in a spin – our ever-friendly team of Mortgage Masters will advise you through every step of the process. So, here are their top tips you should follow when building your own home.

1. Keep your costs in mind

Count yourself lucky if you’ll be building on land you (or your family) already own. The cost of materials only makes up 45 percent of the cost of a home; it’s labour costs and the price of land that really ramp up the cost.

The story of a farmer bragging about having land with ‘road frontage’ rings true. Eliminating the cost of land would mean you’d be well on your way to owning your own mini mansion!

2. Get the right architect

Hiring the right architect to design and manage your build will take a lot of the stress out of the project. They can help with the head-wreck that is the planning permission process and help you out with builders and all the other tradesmen you’ll need to employ.

3. Get the right quotes

To get a quote from your builder, you’ll need to give them a full set of drawings (provided by your architect) and as much detail as possible. Make sure you know the difference between an estimate and a quotation.

A quotation is a written document which includes the final price offer for the work – whereas an estimate is just an educated guess. You should get a minimum of three quotes from contractors, and do be aware of any suspiciously low quotes. You should also check if the builder’s work is guaranteed and insurance-backed.

4. Ensure you are insured

Better safe than sorry, as your great granny would say. And she was probably right. The number one priority is to make sure you are insured for your site and self-build.

If something bad were to happen during the course of the build, you’d be very glad of the protection insurance offers you.

5. You might not be the only owner

While building your own place is probably a life-long dream, you should proceed with an eye on the future. Families grow, jobs get relocated, and circumstances change (yep, those teenage years are only around the corner – yikes!). You never know what else might happen, so while your house is your home, it also might become somebody else’s in the future if you decide to sell.

So while you might have your heart set on a cut-glass staircase, think about how any decisions might affect the resale value should you ever decide to move on.

A cut-glass staircase might be your dream, absolutely, but would it be anyone else’s?

Are you thinking of building your own home?

Check out this handy guide to building your home in Ireland complete with stories from EBS customers who have already built a home.

Find out how much you can afford to borrow with our mortgage calculator or book a mortgage meeting to suit you with one of our Mortgage Masters.

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*House prices access August 2017

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