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Survey of self-build intentions

Published:12 March 2013
Fieldwork:11 - 21 January 2013
Keywords:Buildings, Housing, Self-build
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One in eight Britons expect to research how to build a home for themselves in the next 12 months, and around one in 50 expect to buy a building plot, obtain detailed planning consent or start construction work on their self build home during the coming year or so.

These are the main findings from a new nationwide survey into people’s self build plans, commissioned by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA) and conducted by Ipsos MORI.

The survey questioned nearly 2,000 people about possible self build activities. Those polled were given a range of options to identify how far they expect to progress their plans in the next 12 months. These ranged from, at one extreme, simply expecting to watch a TV programme on self building, while at the other expecting to complete construction work on their home.

The results show that just over a quarter (26%), expect to watch a television programme on self building if it comes on, indicating that they have a passing interest in self building. One in eight (12%), around 6 million people, expect to move on to the next step and actively research how to build a home for themselves in the next 12 months.

The survey revealed that 2% expect to move beyond researching to the action stage in the next 12 months or so - that is they expect to buy a building plot, submit a planning application, start construction work, or complete construction work on their self build home in the next 12 months or so. That represents approximately one million people.

Technical Note

The research was conducted on Ipsos MORI’s Capibus study between 11th and 21st January 2013. The question was asked face-to-face of 1973 adults aged 15+ across Great Britain. The survey data are weighted to the known population profile.

Grossing calculations are based on 51 million people aged 15+ in Great Britain (taken from Census sources). These calculations are themselves subject to sampling tolerances.

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