Finding and buying land or a property to renovate or convert can be quite a daunting prospect. The Editors of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine have put together a series of guides, hints and tips to help you on these first steps of your self build or renovation journey.

In order to become a building plot a site needs access — in most areas that means vehicular access. 

While it is often the plot’s natural attributes that make it so appealing, they can create a lot of issues. David Snell tackles problematic trees and difficult ground conditions.

You might think that once you have found a plot to build on the search is over, but viewing the plot is an important part of the journey and can send you all the way back to square one. Daisy...

Land doesn't always come in a nicely advertised package with planning permission - so use some initiative and seek it out yourself.

The complete plot finding guide. Includes advice on land agencies, planning departments, estate agents, land banking and more.

Planning permission transforms the value of land and gives you the ability to create development opportunities.

A Homebuilding & Renovating report on the UK self build sector in relation to the wider UK housing market - Q2 2013.