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How to stop a DIY nightmare when starting a new life abroad – translation

How to stop a DIY nightmare when starting a new life abroad – translation
How to stop a DIY nightmare when starting a new life abroad – translation

For the millions of people around the world who have packed their belongings and moved to a new life in another country, there’s incredible excitement, hope, and adventure ahead. Many choose to buy an apartment or villa to relax in and soak up their new environment, but just as many decide to buy a piece of land without a building on it and set about creating their new life from the bottom up, – brick by brick.

Self-build is growing in popularity as a way to design the perfect home and to build it with as little help as possible. If the family has moved to a country where the language is unknown however, even starting the foundations could be tricky, when trying to talk to the authorities regarding the plans, as well as buying the correct materials when the packaging is in an unfamiliar language.

Translation required at every stage

From liaising with government officials during the build, to buying bags of cement from the hardware supplier, accurate translation means that everyone can understand each other. Without translation, misunderstandings over local building rules can occur and incorrect products could be purchased. It can be a costly exercise to undo hard work if products are mixed to the wrong ratio or building materials are incorporated which aren’t allowed. Architects, planning officers, and hardware store staff all face language barriers when helping new residents from another country realize their dream in a new nation. Translation of everything from the laws on the kind of property that can be built, through to the instructions on a can of paint, mean that everyone can work as a team.

Professional translators who know the industry

Self-building a property is an incredible achievement and it’s often on a tight timescale. Using native speaking translators to create documentation for planning permission guidelines, engineering drawings, and instruction manuals for plant machinery such as cement mixers and chainsaws, mean that the home will be built on time, to budget, and will complement the surrounding environment.