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Connecting Services to your Self Build Home

ProAktive CONNECTING SERVICES TO YOUR SELF BUILD HOME If you are undertaking a self build project, at some point, you're going to need to arrange connection to the necessary utility services your new home requires. Once you have bought your plot and it looks likely that planning permission will be approved, it's time to start thinking about getting your services connected. Here we look at the essential services your new home might need: WATER AND SEWERAGE PHONE AND INTERNET ELECTRICITY GAS Water supply and drainage is an essential service for most properties. Almost all homes require mains electricity, even if they use renewable generation technologies Gas can be a very cost efficient service for your home, although availability is limited in some areas. These days, phone and internet services are seen as an essential service by many people. 10101 11010 5 PHONE AND INTERNET 0011101 It is the responsibility of BT to setup new telephone connections. A standard charge applies, which is £130 at the time of writing. The price could be reduced if you take bundle that includes calls, broadband or TV. If your new home is located far away from an existing network you might need to have a survey carried out to determine the cost of the connection. Other providers are available too. Outside of rural areas, cable providers can be an option. 01016 GAS You must have a gas supply available in your area in order to get connected. This is very common in urban areas, but less so in more remote areas. If gas is not available, there are other options such as oil and LPG. You will need to get in touch with your regional gas transporter, (i.e., national grid), to start the process. They will dig trenches outside your home (up to 2m away) and a meter box will be supplied and fitted. A gas supplier will connect your meter to the supply. A connection with national grid, can cost between one hundred and several hundred pounds. Alternatively, a gas company can arrange the whole process and pass on the costs to you. Gas pipes and conduits are always yellow. 4 ELECTRICITY Contacting the lead provider should be your first step in setting up electricity for your new home. Ask for a new connection scheme to the boundary of your the property. Next, find an electrician to connect up your meter. From there, electricity is fed into the house via a consumer unit. Initially, you won't have a choice of supplier and your electricity will be provided by the distributor who provided your new meter. Once you have a unique number allocated to your meter, you are free to switch supplier. Electrical cables and conduits are always black. WATER AND SEWERAGE In most circumstances properties are located a reasonable distance from a mains water supply. In remote areas, they may be serviced by a private borehole. Contact your local water company who will quote you for a new supply and connections to your site. You will need to complete an application form and provide a 1:500 site plan of your plot. A ground worker can then be employed to connect the supply to your house. Water supply pipes and associated conduits are always coloured light blue. When it comes to connecting to sewers, a mains connection should be used where possible. A contractor (approved by your local authority) must setup the connection from the boundary to the main sewer. If you're planning a self-build project, you should always ensure you protect your investment with Self Build insurance. ProAktive Self Build developed the first UK Self Build insurance policy in 1984. ProAktive are the industry leaders, with specialists available to discuss your project build, and insurance requirements. ProAktive Doncaster: 01302 346 831 | Follow us 000

Connecting Services to your Self Build Home

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If you are undertaking a self build project, at some point, you’re going to need to arrange connection to the necessary utility services your new home requires. This infographic explains how. He...


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