When planning your self build its important to consider which utilities you need. Research your services in advance, to understand the availability for your plot. If some services are not easily accessible, they could have an impact on your budget
Think about how your house will function. For example, if you need gas for central heating or if you prefer to cook with gas make sure there is a supply nearby. If gas isn’t easily accessed, it could be costly to connect to the mains.
Always make sure you do a thorough plot evaluation, including which utilities are available. If you have to access services over someone else’s land it may not be an ideal plot for self-building.
Some plots will be easier to connect to than others. For example you may be building on a plot that was originally part of an existing property or garden. This connection should be fairly simple. However, it’s worth making sure this is negotiated into the terms when the land is purchased.
You will also need to think about connecting to other services. Including water, drainage, telephone and broadband. Investigating your options in the early stages will be beneficial in the long-term.