We always have clients who are interested in purchasing properties that are new or already existing, but occasionally, we run into those who prefer to set their own rules and build their own home from scratch. You can easily purchase a piece of property and have your home built to your own specifications and personal tastes. And the best thing about custom building is being able to choose the supplies with which the home is built.
Building your own home can be a bit lengthy and tedious due to all of the red tape that can be involved. However, this does not have to deter you from creating your Spanish dream home. There are several reputable builders in Javea that can assist you in making sure that things go as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
One of the first things you should do when building a custom home is to find out if there are any future plans for development. It’s important that you’re aware of any roadways or railroads that will be built there in the near future. This is especially true if you are choosing the area for its peaceful environment. Choosing a piece of property that will soon be changed is usually a complete waste of your time and money.
It’s also crucial that you take the time to make sure that you would not be building in a green zone, meaning construction would not be allowed. You should also make sure that you have enough space on which to build your home. A knowledgeable estate agent will be able to fill you in on all of the specifications, requirements and paperwork that you would need to give to the town hall.
It’s best to be mindful of regulations. Regulations can change from property to property–even those that are in the same neighborhood. So just because you see a building that is similar to the one you would like to build does not mean that you will be able to do the same.
For example, building a house on a steep incline will usually mean that it will cost a substantial amount of money. This is because it needs a very secure foundation and retaining walls. It’s worth consulting an architect to see how realistic your plans would be and exactly how much it would cost.
Land surveys can be quite costly, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re unsure about how practical your project is. These types of surveys help to ensure that property boundaries have been calculated properly and if your plot has water rights. Land surveys will also give you an idea of what type of restrictions your plot has such as in the case of electricity or water pipes.
Before you purchase any type of plot, it’s in your best interest to consult with a solicitor or lawyer about whether or not you will be able to obtain permission. Don’t simply take the owner’s or estate agent’s word for it. Many foreigners have purchased a perfect plot only to later find out that they can’t build on it. So make securing permissions your first priority.
When purchasing a plot, make sure to specify that the contract will be invalid if you’re not able to secure the proper permissions that will allow you to build. Agents and solicitors will usually be able to verify if the land can be built upon. If the property is in a green zone, they should be able to direct you on how to secure permissions if possible.
How much your plot costs will usually depend on the area in which you purchase it, among other factors. On the Costa Blanca, you may pay anywhere from 50€ to 300€. The further inland you go and the further away from popular resorts, the more affordable your property will be.
If you plan to build a home in Javea resort, then you should be prepared to pay 700 to 2,000 Euro per square metre. However, the type of building materials you choose will have a great bearing on the cost. It’s best to build your pool along with your home because the taxes are 9% higher if you choose to add it on after the fact.
Whenever building a new home, make sure to add at least 10% more to your estimated expenses because you will inevitably experience unexpected costs. Also, keep in mind that you will be expected to pay ‘tax on construction, installations and work’. This fee is required of everything that requires a municipal license. You will pay this fee upon being given the building license
When you are searching for the perfect architect, it’s best to get recommendations from the locals. You may also consider getting in touch with people who live in the area you’re most interested in. If you rely on an estate agent for advice, then you should make sure they are someone you know and trust as they will occasionally only recommend individuals who offer them a commission.
It’s usually easy to find a Spanish architect who speaks English, though you may consider searching for EU architects. You can expect to pay between 5 to 10% of the total cost of your project. Though architects may suggest certain building firms, it’s crucial that you do a little research on your own before hiring one. And try to avoid architects who recommend their own builder. If the builder and architect are too familiar with each other, it may compromise how well they work to specification.
Before you decide to sign your contract, you should always make sure to get quotations in writing. The contract should address what type of materials will be used in the building of your home. It should be clear where your building will actually be located on the plot you purchase. There should also be a building a payment schedule outlined. Every cost should be detailed.