Building Your Own Bespoke Villa in Spain, Useful Tips to Help You Get It Right

So with the cost of construction in Spain at its lowest for many years, maybe building your own dream villa in Spain is looking more attractive now than it did before. The obvious question is if you are new to building in Spain this task maybe quite daunting and getting good sound advice can be quite difficult. So to settle those nerves and avoid simply mistakes why not follow the top tips below and help make your Spanish villa dreams a reality.

Tip 1: Make Sure You Have a Very Good Lawyer & Architect

Whilst this applies for any property transaction in Spain it’s imperative that you have a lawyer who understands the law and makes sure that the plot of land you want to construct your dream villa on is fully legal and has the necessary building consents. Also, a good Architect is an absolute must, someone who can help you successfully build the villa you want and explain all the likely issues that might arise in the process are worth every penny.

Tip 2: The Cheapest Building Quotation Can Be The Most Expensive

Once your building project has been approved by the Architects College in Malaga you will then start the process of putting your villa project out to tender and deciding which builder to use based on the plans and costs built into the project by your Architect.  You need to bear in mind that the so called ‘cheapest’ quote may not be that at all. You should base your choice of builder on reputation and a proven track record of delivering on time and on budget. In a nutshell, always dig deeper and do your research!

Tip 3: Make Sure Your Tender Has Everything You Want Included

This is very important because any upgrades or extras you put onto a house in the middle of building will cost you more than they would have had you budgeted for them at the start. Put very simply, if your tender allows 20 Euros per square meter for tiles and you change your mind on the tiles to ones that are 40 Euros a square meter you will have to pay the difference and some additional charges. So it’s best to have those eventualities covered upfront by making sure your tender is realistic to your needs.

Tip 4: The Most Expensive Quote Might Be The Most Economic

It may be the reverse of tip 2 but the safest way to build your dream villa in Spain is a bespoke turnkey villa where you have a guaranteed price in place at the outset. This way you know your outlay before you start and what your budget is. On the face of it, you may do the math and decide to find the plot and build the property yourself hoping it might work out cheaper than going to builder with a guaranteed price. However, even with what appears most cost effective at the beginning could end up taking you way over budget with many going it alone seeing costs spiral out of control.   

Tip 5:  Choose Your Plot Carefully

Just remember your villa will cost the same to build whether it’s inland in a beautiful rural area or whether its frontline beach in Puerto Banus. However, the end value is going to differ considerably depending where you build. With this in mind, it’s very important to make sure you buy a plot in a desirable area where your property will be worth much more in the long run.

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