The top 5 things that keep self-builders awake at night?

More specifically, what keeps you awake at night?  Let’s face it, when we’re caught up in our own building projects, we find it hard to think of anything else…  It is natural to feel anxious and we all worry about different things but think that our top 5 will probably sound familiar:

  1. Not knowing how much my project is really going to cost
  2. Not knowing if I am really getting good value and good quality
  3. I am paying too much
  4. My experience of builder’s merchants is not good, how can I find a reliable supplier
  5. Who do I turn to for help and advice

What we have found with our own projects and other people we work with, the best way to start putting these fears to rest is by finding the answer to number 5 first.  If you can find someone who has experience and can give you some advice, they will help you work out what professional advice you need and point you to suppliers.  Going to events like the National Self Build and Renovation annual show in Swindon is a great opportunity to meet people, pick up tips and find materials.

Working out your budgets can be hard on your own.  This is why the doubts to creep in during the wee small hours.  But it’s much easier to chase them off if you’ve talked about your plans with an expert.

To help you get a good night’s sleep, Ecomerchant is offering 10 free one-to-one “Price the Plan” consultations each day of the show .  This free 30 minute consultation will let you create your own outline project plan; identify the quantities of materials you will need and the times you will need them.  There is no obligation to buy from Ecomerchant but you must have planning permission and supply scale plans to book your place.  This is a great chance to make sure you sleep soundly during your project so email your plans to and let us know when you would like your consultation.  Hurry though, these slots fill up fast!

So why not come along to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre on 7th-9th February?  You can ease the top 5 worries you are likely to have as a self-builder, learn lots and hopefully have a great time too.  We’d love to see you while you’re there – pop along to the Ecomerchant stand (opposite the Potton house)  you’ll find the welcoming Ecomerchant team – we are always happy to share tips and ideas (even if you aren’t lucky enough to grab one of the free “Price the Plan” consultations).

See you there!

If you would like to arrange a “Price the Plan” consultation at the show or for another time, please give Suzanne a call on 01793 847 444.


Appointments are strictly on a first come first served basis and are by appointment only
You must have a full set of planning drawings as a minimum
Please bring printed copies to the meeting and also e mail these in prior to the meeting to ensure our experts have time to review your project
A wish list or preferred specification of products will help the process.

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