Media release: Scottish self-builders continue to punch above their weight


WITH self-build homes in Scotland making up 12 per cent of the UK total, the organisers of The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating show expect a busy weekend when the popular event returns to the SEC Glasgow this June.

Commenting, Michael Holmes, who will be one of the experts speaking at the show, says: “There is huge enthusiasm for building your own home Scotland, which makes up around eight per cent of the UK population but represents 12 per cent of all the nation’s self-build homes.

“We put this down to a mix of factors – the abundance of amazing plots, a strong tradition of individualism and self-reliance, plus the famous Scots ‘can do’ spirit.

“There is also growing support from lenders and from Government on both planning and finance. The Scottish Government encourages local councils to make land available for those who want to build their own home and its Self-Build Loan Fund offers up to £175,000 to help with construction costs for self-build projects in both urban and rural areas.

“Another factor is the potential tax savings which are greater in Scotland than south of the border. Self-builders pay stamp duty (Land and Buildings Transaction Tax) only on the plot and not the end value of their home.

“With property taxes up to 155 per cent higher in Scotland than south of the border, the appeal of savings running into £10,000s on larger homes is very strong. Another factor is VAT which is zero rated on self-build homes, making it cheaper than renovating. Finally, construction costs in Scotland are below the UK average and many of the leading suppliers are based here.”

He continued: “There has never been a better time to self-build in Scotland. The Scottish Government supports those who want to build their own home and has plans to reform the planning system to make is easier, including the introduction of Simplified Planning Zones that give more certainty about what can be built on a serviced plot.

“I am looking forward to coming back to Glasgow in June to meet both experienced self builders and renovators, and those who are just starting out and wondering how to take the first steps.”

Michael Holmes will be one of the experts providing free expert advice at The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, when it returns to SEC, Glasgow on 1 – 2 June 2019.

The show is Scotland’s only dedicated consumer exhibition for self-builders, home renovators and improvers, will be packed with thousands of products, one to one expert advice, free masterclasses, and seminars and more than 140 exhibitors, giving visitors the opportunity to access ideas, expertise and inspiration they need in one place, in one day.

The show is taking place at the SEC, Glasgow on 1 – 2 June 2019. Opening hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4.30pm. Tickets are £8* advance (available till 3pm on Friday May 31) and £12 on the door and are available on 0844 858 6754** Under-16s go free

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