Expert advice at the ExCeL

The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to London in September, with essential advice on hand to help visitors build their dream property.

According to the UK Land Registry, most of the publicly owned land available for new homes will be registered by 2020 to boost housing development. To help equip and up skill consumers intent on taking matters into their own hands when it comes to creating their dream home, The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to ExCeL. The event will provide practical help and advice to those who want to progress with their property ventures.

The show will offer self-builders and renovators the chance to discover innovative products from over 360 specialist brands that will be exhibiting. Visitors will also have access to over 45 free seminars and masterclasses, and more than 750 advice sessions.

The event will be filled with free advice on any issues a self-builder or renovator has, and will host a multitude of resources for every project. In addition, self-builders who have gone through the building process will be available to talk to on site.

Consumers can hold 15-minute discussions with celebrity TV property experts on the Saturday of the event. Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of Channel 4’s Best Laid Plans, will be talking about eco living, new architectural ideas and homes of the future. Julia Kendell, interior design expert for BBC’s DIY SOS The Big Build and ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover, will be assisting visitors who are looking to transform their houses through stylish and resourceful interior designs.

Attendees who would like to discuss their building plans with an array of property experts will benefit from the Ask the Expert area inside the Advice Centre. Here visitors will be able to hold free consultations with eight residential property specialists via interactive sessions. The experts on hand include Michael Holmes (chair of the National Custom & Self Build Association and director of content and product development for Homebuilding & Renovating), Bob Branscombe (chartered surveyor and builder), Chris Reeves (legal expert and a chartered builder and lawyer), and Mariana Pedroso (interior design expert and architect). Also present will be Allan Corfield (self-build expert), Sally Tagg (planning expert), and Mark Stevenson (managing director at Potton & Kingspan Timber Solutions).

In the Advice Centre, visitors can explore the Ask the Builder area and meet members of the Federation of Master Builders. The Ask the Architect area will be welcoming over 15 experienced architects from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to assist consumers in achieving their dream home, maximising their budget and developing solutions to improve their quality of life. Sally Tagg will be on hand at the

Planning Clinic to answer visitors’ questions on how to obtain planning permission. There will also be live presentations in the Tricks of the Trade section hosted by experienced tradespeople who’ll be laying bare up-to-date information on how to save money on everyday DIY jobs.

The mobile app will provide visitors with a personalised experience, guiding them through their day. This will include information on all the features at the exhibition and an interactive timetable that will display the times and locations of all seminars and masterclasses, as well as alerting the user to any exclusive offers from exhibitors.