How To Build Your Own House Faster In Simple Steps
WORDS OF WISDOM
Many will continue to be tenants for the rest of their lives because of their ignorance.
The Holy Book says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”
It is disheartening that most tenants pay exorbitant amount of money annually for their house rent. Meanwhile, they never have at least a piece of land worth the cost of their annual house rent.
How on earth would a sensible family man pay a rent of N800,000 annually and not have a plan to build a low-cost 3bedroom bungalow?
This does not cost more than 8million naira and it can comfortably accommodate his family. When a man does not have a plan to build a home for himself and his family, such man’s priority has been misplaced.
One of the factors that can make you build your house faster is the availability of funds. When all the resources needed for the construction of your house from start to finish are readily on ground, the construction of your house can be completed within few months.
Did you know that you can save about 30% of the cost of procuring concrete block when building your house? I will tell you more about this later.
Did you also know that you can save a minimum of N10,000 on cement procurement when you buy 100 units at once?
Yes, you can.
Minimum of 3,500units concrete blocks to complete an average 3bedroom bungalow, and when you hire the service of a concrete block manufacturing expert like Olaolu Concrete Block Hub, to mold concrete blocks on your building site, you will be able to save about 30% of the cost of buying concrete blocks from sellers, and at the same time, you will have more quality and stronger concrete blocks for your building project.
When you hire a concrete block expert to mold on your site, you can save about N50 on a unit of concrete block and at the end of the day save up to N180,000 when producing about 3,000units of concrete blocks. Imagine how much you will save when producing about 10,000units of concrete block for a project that is bigger than an average 3bedroom flat.
In the same vein, the total number of cement you will need to complete an average 3bedroom flat inclusive of the cement that will be needed in a situation whereby you want to mold concrete blocks on your building site will not be lesser than 200units of cement. So, you can also save about N20, 000 to N30,000 only on cement when you buy in bulk.
Now, imagine the total amount of money you will be saving on the procurement of concrete block and cement when you adopt this model. If you are building a 3bedroom flat (bungalow) at least, you will be able to save a minimum of N200,000 on concrete block and cement and save about one million naira or more on bigger building project like duplex and storey buildings.
I think there is wisdom in adopting this model when building your house.
It is good to know that, you can plan your way to building an affordable house for yourself and your family, irrespective of your monthly income, all you need do is to cut your coat according to your size.
I once worked out a 2bedroom flat plan for a N50, 000 salary earners, and now the man is a confirmed landlord. There is an adage that says, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail” learn a lesson from this.
Building a house of your own is not the problem, but the inability to understand that you can build one with your monthly income is the cankerworm that can destroy if not given a timely attention.
You have come a long way as a tenant and it is high time you built your own house.
Permit me to quickly guide you through the 6 steps to building your house faster.
1. Purchase a piece of land
2. Carry out land survey
3. Get a building design from an Architect
4. Make the bill of quantity of your building plan
5. Hire a Civil Engineer/Builder
6. Start the actual building construction activities
1. PURCHASE A PIECE OF LAND
The first asset you need to secure before your house building project is buying a piece of land on which your house will be built.
The cost of a piece of land varies with size and location, for instance, the price of a standard plot of land measuring 60ft by 120ft in a highly developed part of Lekki, Lagos
will be higher than the price of the same size of land in developing part of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
The bone of contention is that, you need to decide the exact area, town, city or state you want your home located.
With my experience in this field of Building Construction and Real Estate, I can categorically say that you can get a piece of land at the price stated below.
In developing part of Ibeju-Lekki:
600sqm of land averagely costs N3,000,000
450sqm of land averagely costs N2,750,000
In developing part of Ikorodu:
600sqm of land averagely costs N750,000
In developing area of Ologuneru, Ido area,
600sqm of land ranges from N500,000 to N1,000,000 depending on distance to the main road.
In developing area of Elebu,
600sqm of land ranges from N1,500,000 to N3,000,000
P.S. YOU CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH ME IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING GENUINE PLOTS OF LANDS ANYWHERE IN LAGOS AND IBADAN.
When buying your land, you need to be very mindful of who you patronize because there are many hungry land agents and individuals out there who are ready to defraud you of your hard earned money, it is not a palatable experience being a victim of land scammers especially in Lagos and Ibadan, that is why I always advise people to patronize established real estate companies with good track record when trying to purchase a land.
It is advisable you invite a land surveyor to help you chart the piece of land you are about to buy before you eventually make any financial commitment especially when buying from an individual.
This charting would help you to know lands that are under government excision or crossing major roads and the areas of government interest, so that your land would not be acquired or demolished by the government. So, you need to be careful of sellers who don’t care what happens to your property later in the future.
2. CARRY OUT LAND SURVEY
After you might have purchased a piece of land, you need to hire the service of a genuine land surveyor to help you know the boundary of your land and ascertain the true dimension of your property. Another importance of survey plan is to avoid buying from fraudulent sellers and landed properties under government excision.
Surveyors play an integral role in land development, from the planning and design of land subdivisions through to the final construction of roads, utilities and landscaping.
Surveyors are the first people on any construction site, measuring and mapping the land. These primary measurements are then used by architects to understand and make the most of the unique landscape when designing and engineers to plan structures accurately and safely, ensuring buildings not only fit with the landscape but are able to be constructed.
Surveyors work on a diverse variety of projects from land subdivision and mining exploration, to tunnel building and major construction, which means no two days are the same. They are experts in determining land size and measurement. They also give advice and provide information to guide the work of engineers, architects and developers.
3. GET A BUILDING DESIGN FROM AN ARCHITECT
Once the land purchase has been settled and you have secured the necessary land documents, your next step is to engage the service of an Architect to draw the plan of the house you intend to build.
After discussing your requirement and designs with the architect, it is the architect’s job to represent your ideas on paper and ensure that your plans meet the building standards of the authorities in line with the location of the plot.
There are regulations regarding what can be built, where and how, and the Architect is the best person to help you through this process.
Before a standard house is erected, involving an architect will be the most sensible thing to do. You can as well source for building plan samples from a seasoned Architect for you to have an idea of what your house should look like.
4. CREATE A BILL OF QUANTITY
Many people make the mistake of not knowing the cost implication of their designed house before they start its construction; this is not a good idea.
The moment your Architect completes the architectural drawing of your house, you also need to engage the services of a quantity surveyor who will come up with the Bill of Quantity. A bill of quantity is basically an estimate showing the overall cost of materials and workmanship that will be required for the completion of your building project from foundation to finishes.
When you have the bill of quantity for your house building project, it affords the ability to know how much the construction of such building project will cost and this will guide in making relevant financial decision and also help you to monitor the stages of your
building project whether it is commensurate with the money released to your builder/civil engineer when the construction activities of your building project have commenced.
5. HIRE A CIVIL ENGINEER/BUILDER
After your land has been purchased and secured, you have your building design drafted by the Architect and approved by the local authorities, and the quantity surveyor has completed the bill of quantity, you can now enlist the services of Civil Engineer or a Builder as the case may be.
A builder is someone or a professional among the building team who ensures that what you have on your building plan as designed by the Architect is constructed on ground and as close to the estimated cost as possible while working with the BOQ.
A contractor in the other hand is simply a business contractor who brings everything together to advance your building. He or she supplies the machines, labour and materials for the construction. As the owner of the building, it is up to you whether you choose to source and supply the materials yourself or leave it all to the contractor. In some cases a civil engineer does the duty of a builder and a contractor, and this is the best decision at times.
A civil engineer will carry out the construction work and also source for quality building materials with the consciousness of minimizing construction cost, and not compromising the safety and quality of such building project.
6. THE ACTUAL HOUSE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
Congratulations for getting to this phase of your house building construction. At this stage, your civil engineer or builder starts the physical activities in putting on ground the building plan designed by your architect. Please, note that the duration for the completion of your house building project is dependent on your financial capability and the competency of your civil engineer or builder, so it is imperative that you know that you can complete your building project within a few months when you are financially capable and you have competent building team for your building project.
Let me round off by making you know some benefits you stand to enjoy when you have your own house.
If you have stayed in a rented house, you must be familiar with how annoying it could be to oblige with your landlord always. The irritating feeling of having to conform to everything the landlord says could get on your nerves. But this is not the case once you have your own abode. You can decorate it the way you want and decide the aesthetics without any hindrances.
You may paint the walls in whichever color you want and there wouldn’t be anyone who tells you otherwise.
In addition, are you tired of moving from one place to another every couple of years? Well, building your own house might be the solution.
It certainly puts an end to the menace of packing and unpacking and leaving memories behind. Instead, you have a fixed place which you call your own home where no frequent moving around is required.
It can be really interesting and rewarding to have a house of your own, the joy and feeling of owning something which can be called yours is really a special one, not to mention how you can use this investment to make another future investment.
Lest I forget, I would like you to get a copy of my eBook titled: ‘A MILLIONAIRE’S CONCRETE BLOCK BUSINESS SECRET”
The aim of the eBook is to:
- Reduce the level of unemployment among the Nigerian youth.
- Provide alternative source of income for business minded individuals.
- Show how you can reduce building materials cost by 30% for building construction purposes.
- Contribute to reduction in the rate of building collapse cases in Nigeria.
- Make quality and affordable houses/buildings available for all and consequently address the housing deficit challenge in Nigeria.
- Show you how to set up and run a successful concrete block manufacturing business in Nigeria.
- Show you the cost of setting up a concrete block business in Nigeria
- Show you a detailed concrete block business plan you can adopt to kick-start your concrete block business.
Kindly get a copy of this eBook and join me in the race of reducing building collapse cases and housing deficit in Nigeria.
I would like to conclude by saying, “unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted”