If you have been searching for a Costa Blanca property but haven’t found one to meet your needs, one option is to build your own.
Perhaps you’ve found the ideal eco-property but it’s not in your desired location, so again the answer is to build your own.
Here you’ll find our top tips of what to bear in mind if you wish to take on the project of building your dream Costa Blanca home.
- Make sure the land you intend to purchase is classed as building land. For this you need to check with the townhall, or optionally hire a lawyer to do the checks on your behalf. Never make a payment without checking. You will also need to research the local building regulations and restrictions. Each area has its own rules. Speak with an architect to find out what exactly is allowed. For more info, see javea.properties.
- Check that the land description matches the specs in the land registry. A make sure you know who the legal landowner is. A lawyer can help you with this. At the same time check that electricity and water reach the plot, and how much it will cost to connect to the grid. Make sure the land is reachable via a public road.
- The land should be put in your name as soon as your Architect’s project is approved by the Town Hall and you have been granted a permit to build. Note that you are the developer and as such cannot get bank guarantees. Putting the plot in your name safeguards your investment.
- . Calculate the total building costs. You will need to allow for:
- The cost of the plot.
- The builder’s fees.
- Legal, notary, and land registry costs
- Taxes on the land and the build
- Building and habitation licenses
- Local taxes (such as I.B.I.).
- Bank loan or mortgage fees
- Water and electricity connection charges
- Architectural and project manager costs
- Ask for various quotes from reputable builders and suppliers. Ask for recommendations from locals, neighbours and expats who have lived in the area for a while.
- Use the services of an architect to help you throughout the project, and to coordinate with your lawyer to make sure every aspect of your new home is legal.