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  • Property-a-holics

    Overcoming the fear as a novice developer

    Good on you, i bought an 11 bedroom house in ‘99 and converted to 4 flats, then built 4 more in the garden. Like yourself i was no builder, though father was a carpenter and i’d worked as a lbourer for 2 years when i first left school.
    Lessons that i learnt were,

    When stuff gets daunting , get papaer and pencil out and break things down to the smallest detail , then tackle each on its own.
    Electrics ,for me , get a proper electrician in, get it all tested and signed off, keep the test sheets.
    Same with the gas runs and final connections, i did rest of plumbing.
    There is always a time when paying for scaffolding is the best option.
    A couple of hours shifting materials on your own can be very calming.
    Things will invariably take longer than you think.
    The internet is a godsend.
    Make life for the trades you get in as simple as you can, like you they want to be in and out as fast as they can.

    Enjoy the process, and learn on the way.


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    My father was also a carpenter and a builder, unfortunately as its my inheritance from him that's funding this he can't provide any advice.

    I'm just about on the same lines as yourself, except I'm doing my own electrics and have got a plumber for the radiators, first fix and any gas. I've lifted the floorboards, chased out the joists and marked where the radiators and taps will be located. He seemed to appreciate that Smile

    At 51, I'm past my prime, but I'm a bit chuffed that I can still lug full sheets of plasterboard up 7 flights of stairs.

    I finally got the internet yesterday after waiting a month. I couldn't find one provider that would give a connection date until a contract has been agreed - a strange sector! Now I won't have to wait until I'm home at the weekend.

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    There I was worrying about a light refurb but reading your post has given me so much inspiration. I know how our mental state can wreak havoc on our intentions but I think if you’re strong enough to control both them and your emotions you’re going to be able to think clearly through the challenging times. I also think if you have a strong enough ‘why’ you’ll always find an inner strength. Mine is wanting to set up a pension fund for myself and a legacy for my children and I won’t let anything get in the way of that, including my own doubts. Good luck with it- I for one am rooting for you.
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    Good luck Gary.
    Just go easy on the sausage rolls, I had far too many when doing up my first flat.

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    Well, done, keep going you will get there.

    A couple of fit 20 something labourers for a day will cost very little and they can move a lot of materials for you.


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    Gary, in my journey as a developer i have learnt as in life, everything is about belief and confidence. As you break through the self doubt and fear of the unknown and accomplish a renovation your knowledge and your confidence grows and your ready to take on something bigger.  I started on 1 bed flats now i do million pound developments and about to complete my latest one. After this i want to challenge myself again and get into massive major development, how at this stage i have no idea, but as long as i put my mind to the challenge and believe i can do it i am sure the answers to my questions will come!

    Yes when you gut a building there is always times you will get worried and think OMG what have i done, how on earth am i going to get this finished. If i have learnt anything over the years with development its Patience. You need lots of faith and lots of patience. The build is a process and always takes alot longer than you think, but you will always get there!! Good luck mate, if you want any advice you are welcome to call me anytime 079 21 21 1974

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    I have done a number of New Builds and large conversions and I find it can be very hard work

    Yes the gains could be there  but it can be jolly hard work and very time consuming and of course you could also have a bad builder who you are

    depending on ????

    in the past 10 years I have in general looked for property with a fast turn around normally purchased and let in and around a month

    Happy to do Light refurbishment windows rewire kitchen bathroom and re plaster ect 

    In and out quickly move on 



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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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