Should I be doing my own repairs and improvements?Make Text Bigger
Over the years I have done a lot of work to my own properties, because I have been involved in the building trade for many years I am reasonably multi-skilled and as such I have done a lot of work on my properties myself.
Most recently I have improved a property significantly and spent about six months working on it. Whilst this has saved me having to employ others to do the work I obviously have no invoices for the work, other than the materials I have purchased. Also, as a self employed plumber and heating engineer I have not been able to do jobs for others – at least full time, whilst I have been working on my own property.
I imagine I am not on my own in doing this and many other landlords probably do some work themselves – if not out of sheer desperation in finding a reliable, honest and competent trades person.
I am now reflecting whether doing this is the right thing to do. When I come to sell the property I have no invoices for the work I have done so cannot offset that against any CGT liability
Comments from others would be much appreciated.
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