As Winston Churchill once said – if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.

Engaging in an owner building project requires planning and plenty of it.Here’s checklist of “Must Do’s” to help get you started:

  1. Get well informed. Read as many articles and talk to as many people as possible about becoming an Owner Builder. Head to our Stories page (coming soon!) and get tips from those who’ve been there and done it! Or join our Facebook page where you can ask questions.
  2. Contact your local council to find out EVERYTHING about the building process including permits.
  3. Obtain an Owner Builder License. Head to our Courses page for more information (beware, these are state based so be sure to select your state).
  4. Get your Owner Builder Permit! You can find out more under our Plan menu (coming soon).
  5. Learn more about using building contracts with tradies.
  6. Get required insurances. Building insurance, workers compensation and public liability. The Owner Builder Club DOES NOT endorse owner builder insurance providers however you can head to our Plan page (coming soon) for more information.
  7. Be sure to understand what building inspections are required at different stages of your project.
  8. Get organised. Think about how you’re going to keep all¬†paperwork/information in one place. How about small A4 boxes from Officeworks or Ikea labelled as you see fit? Or plastic folders labelled e.g. quotes, permits, inspiration, plans etc?

And remember, starting and completing a home building project can be challenging and rewarding at the same time.

We can’t stress enough the importance of planning and being organised. And if planning is not one of your strengths right now, commit to developing it!