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Why flip between websites to find out what help you need for your homebuilding project? And, are you sure that the information you’ve found is tried and tested?
Our guidance, professional contacts, and services are all here in one place. Our know-how is backed by years of experience – so you don’t need to look any further for help!Take the first step
Our professional team is made up of architectural technologists, structural engineers, party wall surveyors, estimators, interior designers and building control expertise all ready to help you now.
For the first time as a UK homeowner you have the opportunity to appoint our design team individually or collectively to get your homebuilding project off to a flying start.
This team of experts will draw-up and prepare your building plans for planning approval; and we work with them already on our own projects, so they come highly recommended!
Our design team will charge the usual, additional professional services fees for their work of course, and at very competitive rates. By using our team you’ll know they’re tried, trusted professionals. Plus, they’ll have direct online access to all your plans and project tracker tools, helping your project run smoothly.
If, however, you’ve already appointed your preferred architect and design team members, that’s not a problem. You’ll still gain from having access to all the other homebuilding essentials benefits, including know-how through our AskMyPM service for that valued second opinion, plus our factsheets and tracker tools.Get your free factsheet today
to prepare your planning drawings and submit your planning application
to provide you with a budget cost so you can plan your finances
Trustworthy structural engineers
to design your structure so it gets approval from building control
Party wall experts
to advise you on the best way forward to maintain neighbourly harmony
Building control inspectors
friendly and helpful, they'll check your design before you get a quote from a building contractor
Leading interior designers
they'll work to your brief and creatively transform your new space into something special
Health and safety
to keep you aware of your duties and keep people on your your site safe and well-protected
Use the homebuilding essentials website to meet and appoint your design team and manage their activities. You can also use it to access all your project documents online so it's easy to share and collaborate. This tested and trustworthy project management system has been built and refined by our hands-on experience - let it help your project, too!
With you every step of the way
As part of homebuilding essentials you’ll get clear, practical guidance that walks you through each stage of your project so you have the help and support you need to organise and manage things properly.
Devised by professional property development project manager, Oliver-Steele-Perkins, each step-by-step module will help to de-risk your project, as well as save you time and money.
The full range of modules covers everything you need to know from the drawing up a scope of works, to carrying out specialist surveys, and moving the design onto the build stage.
There’s also really useful advice on how to work with building control inspectors, how to pay your builders, and how to achieve a great quality finish for your project and get formal certification.
The modules are clearly written and very handy resources to have by your side as your project gets underway.
Download the project tracker to get you started
If you’re going to be an effective project manager, you’ll need to follow and effective work programme! And that’s where our Plan It project tracker comes into its own.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, we’ve done the legwork for you, by creating a tracker template with pre-populated timelines that you can adjust for your own work programme.
Using our pre-construction tracker we’ll help you Plan It. Simply select, add or remove events accordingly as you follow our guidance factsheets, to really help your project run smoothly.
Plus, when you reach the Build It stage, you can download our useful programme template to check your building contractor’s works programme includes the key stages.
Professional help to hand when you need it
Every building project is unique, and depending on your plans, it’s likely that you’ll need to call in a few specialists for specific help on your project.
For example, you may need to carry out an asbestos survey, or arrange a new insurance policy to cover the building work. You may want or need to move gas, electricity or water services.
Or, perhaps you need to conduct an ecology survey to get you through the planning process. Whatever expertise you need, at homebuilding essentials we have a team of hand-picked professionals with whom we’ve worked for a number of years, and that we’re happy to recommend.
All you need to do is sign-up, then you can contact them through the homebuilding essentials website.
Access our builder matching service
You want a builder you can trust, right? But finding reliable, experienced builders, that deliver quality, can prove to be a real challenge.
Remove the uncertainty and potential pitfalls by accessing the homebuilding essentials online builder matching service. This valuable resource gives you access to pre-vetted builders in the South East.
Once you’ve found your builder, simply refer to our guidance factsheet on how to approach, appoint and work with your building contractor supported by our incredibly useful template forms and emails.
We’re here to help make things easier for you, and finding a good builder really will be a weight off your mind.
A leading contract you can sign online
Signing a contract with your builder is an essential step. A contract covers basic but important points, like a brief description of the work, project start and end dates, chosen payment structure, frequency of payments, and agreed cost.
With homebuilding essentials you’ll have access to the guidance factsheet on getting your contract right, and you’ll be able to complete an industry-standard contract to your own specification, online, that you and your builder can sign digitally.
No postage, no delays – just a really simple and efficient process.
Additional expertise and support
Hit a glitch and need some additional support? No problem! Sign up to our AskMyPM service that’s open for business for you to contact a professional property development project manager, open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
Use this online enquiry system to ask about any of your project issues, or if you just want a second opinion to check you’re on the right track.
Benefit from trade discounts on quality goods
Why should only tradespeople get the best deals? With homebuilding essentials you can buy your goods and materials at trade prices, because we’ve done the heavy lifting for you!
UK homeowners have online access through MyTradeCounter to purchase an extensive range of products, from wood flooring through to high-end kitchen units, and all at trade prices.
MyTradeCounter will save you valuable time, we've sourced some of the best online suppliers making it quick and easy for you to find and order what you need. Get started today!
An experienced project manager to visit your site
If you feel you’d like some added support, in the form of a site visit by an experienced, professional property development project manager, we can help.
One of our professional project managers can pay one or more visits to your site, to monitor the work being done, and check that your project is on-track – providing you with that invaluable extra peace of mind.
We work exclusively across the home counties, in Surrey and Hampshire, and many postcodes in North, West and South London. We provide this service at a fixed cost, and will quote you a price depending on what you need.
This service is available as part of our professional services portfolio, from architectural design to our AskMyPM.
Until now, it’s only been available to Steele-Perkins Project Management bespoke customers, but because we know how valuable it can be to keeping projects on-track, it’s now available to homebuilding essentials customers, too.
An independent site report
You’ll get an objective view on the progress of your building site against your build programme, and a professional opinion on how the building is going, in accordance with your construction drawings, plus general observations about site conditions.
A staged payment review
We can visit your site when your building contractor has asked for a payment, to check work that’s been carried out against your project’s scope of works. We’ll confirm the work stage has been met, and whether the request for payment is correct, and provide any additional comment accordingly if further actions are required.
If you have a site meeting coming up with your building contractor, we can attend and support you, either by leading the meeting and setting the agenda, or simply by providing independent input and writing-up meeting notes so that all actions that need to be taken are properly documented.
As independent project managers, we’ll take on this role and impart our valuable experience at site meetings, such as providing solutions to problems, suggesting alternative actions, or recommending contacts who can help if you’ve hit a glitch. Just let us know how we can help, and we’ll prepare you a bespoke quotation. It’s a straightforward, simple and effective way to be sure that your project is going to plan.