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Making self build make sense

You may be about to embark on your self build journey but as the experts and self builders at The National Self Build & Renovation Show know, this is just the beginning!


erfectly timed to coincide with the majority of self builders who commence their proj- ects in the first few months of a new year,

The National Self Build & Renovation Show gives both new and experienced self builders alike a unique opportunity to fully experience all the various elements of a build project, with free advice, support, ideas and inspiration just when and where you need it. Held over three days, from Friday 7 – Sunday

9 February, The National Self Build & Renovation Show is returning to Swindon’s NSBRC – the ‘hub’ for self builders and renova- tors and the UK’s only permanent visitor centre offering free year-round advice and support. Heralded as one of the most informative and inspiring events for self builders and renovators, where you have the time and space to clearly address your questions and requirements, the National Self Build & Renovation Show provides

a platform where knowledge, confidence and contacts can be obtained under one roof for successful project completion. With a packed programme of daily live demonstrations, self build walking educational tours, seminars and presentations plus a wealth of experts on-hand to give free, impartial advice on any aspect of your project – from planning to project management – the show also boasts over 250 exhibitors showcasing everything from home automation systems and eco technologies to landscaping techniques. One of the most popular and talked about

features of the show is the Case Study Theatre where you can get up close and personal with like-minded individuals who have taken on their own self build or renovation project. Taking centre stage will be the new Live Demonstration Arena where you can witness the pros and cons of various products and applications under the heading Battle of the Building Systems, designed to help you make an informed decision when it comes to specify-

ing products and services for your build. Supporting the saying of ‘you can never have

too much information’, the show also features four dedicated seminar theatres addressing topics such as plot-finding to finance, sourcing trades and materials to the latest in eco tech- nologies, plus lively and informative panel debates interspersed throughout each day. The show also caters for those who are taking

on a renovation project such as a barn conver- sion or derelict property. To meet the demand for this interest, renovation experts Chris Dewhirst and Sam Kirby will be conducting regular tours around a dilapidated Victorian house brought back to 21st century standards using some of the latest techniques and advising on all aspects from site safety to dry rot issues, plumbing and replacement timber frame systems. FREE tickets for Selfbuilder & Homemaker readers! We’ve got 100 pairs of tickets to The National Self Build & Renovation Show to give away to our readers! For your tickets, simply visit and enter code SBRSJAN14.

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...continued. If you have any bright walls, it might be worth repaint- ing them with something more neutral, and a few high-quality fur- nishings can make a big difference to the appeal of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms should be inviting and hygienic. Carpets

should only be replaced if they are in a very bad state – often a good clean is enough.

Be realistic I would always recommend that you invite four estate agents to value your property in order to get a realistic guide, but remember that the highest price isn’t always going to be the right price. You need to get at least two of the four within £10,000 of each other to form a realistic assessment of the correct price zone. Ultimately, if you are struggling to sell your home then you need to review the property condition and/or the price. The economy is getting firmly back on track and the Bank of

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England interest rate will stay low for quite a while yet, despite what the doom-mongers say! If you have been worried about the markets for the next five years, it won’t get much better than this!


The National Self Build & Renovation Show (page 8) 7 - 9 Feb, Swindon build-renovation-show-2014

Ask An Architect 15 Feb, 15 Mar, Swindon architect-from-the-riba-nsbrc

Ecobuild (page 23) 4 - 6 Mar, London

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (page 39) 27 - 30 Mar, Birmingham national.homebuildingshow.


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