Design & Build Your Own Property
While many people moving to Javea choose to purchase a property that is up for resale, there’s an ever-growing trend in buying a plot of land and building a home from scratch. Of course there’s plenty of advantages in choosing this route – not only can one be certain that the property will meet their exact requirements, but also that the materials and craftsmanship are top quality throughout the process. This is an ideal means of ensuring that your dream property in Javea will entirely meet the specifications that you require.
Just like anywhere else in the world, the process of building a new home can be stressful due to the amount of red-tape that needs to be passed. This is especially the case in beautiful and historic locations such as Javea; making it especially important to have a knowledgeable and effective agent who understands the local building regulations. There’s no shortage of excellent builders in the region, but without solid legal and technical advice it can be tricky to get the permissions for them to even begin work!
The good news is that these builders have accumulated plenty of experience in constructing properties of all shapes and sizes. In many cases they will have a portfolio of projects that they have completed in the past, and offer these to their clients in order to speed along the process. It’s much easier to gain permission when building from a set of already established blueprints, as local authorities appreciate that they are working with genuine professionals in their area with a track record of success.
Of course these plans can be modified and adapted as seen fit – the crux is that they ensure that the property is built from the best materials at the most effective price. Not only is this ideal for the client, but also the local authorities who are happier working with tradespeople they know have a reputation for making quality new builds. Here’s a run through of the most important issues to bear in mind while considering building a new property in Javea.
Planning & Restrictions
Javea is a beautiful area and encompasses many restrictions on the type and size of property that can be constructed in certain areas. As well meaning as it might be, this causes major headaches when purchasing land, as it’s very possible that the area has been earmarked for future infrastructural development. It really does pay to know whether or not a new road, public works and so on is likely to be developed next to your dream home in the next few years.
Employing the service of a local agent is a major advantage here, as not only will they have access to all current plans but also a solid understanding of what may happen in the future. Building a property is always a form of investment, and having local experience of hand is essential to make sure that the home will be as desirable in twenty years as it is now.
If you don’t want to design your own, take a look at some properties already under development.
Understanding local building regulations is utterly essential when looking to purchase any land for development. Javea is a hilly terrain that can cause major headaches when building – after all land and hills tend to subside over time and it’s essentially mandatory that house foundations be dug very deep and very well.
A professional survey will cost around €2000, and is such a crucial stage of buying land that must not be skipped. It’s possible that the current owners will have their own assurances regarding the quality of their land – yet a third party opinion is extremely valuable in preventing unwanted problems in the long run.
Land surveys in Javea will concentrate largely upon the stability of the ground and accessibility to utilities such as water and electricity. These ought to be taken very seriously as the issue isn’t just about connecting the new property, it is equally about how the new build will potentially affect supply to neighbouring properties/areas. The worst possible outcome is purchasing a plot of idyllic land just to find that there’s a mass of restrictions regarding development; on the other hand knowing that the land is in pristine quality for development can speed along the entire process while ensuring long term peace of mind.
Building Permits & Legalities
Be aware that it’s crucial to fix into any purchase of land a sub-contract that the agreement is only valid when building permission is granted. This will provide insurance should the land prove to be unworthy of development, and quality local legal professionals will assert the importance of this.
Remember that assertions and handshakes are not enough to guarantee the solvency of the land – it must be checked out through and through.
Prices & Fees
As a general rule of thumb it’s wise to add an extra 10% on top of any budget to cover unanticipated expenses. It’s similarly crucial to anticipate taxes when building a new home, as the differentials can be very significant.
For example – when developing a plot of land – including a swimming pool as part of the build only encroaches a 7% VAT fee. Should you decide to build a pool after the property is completed, expect to incur a 16% VAT levy. Likewise municipal taxes will range between 2-4% depending upon the size and location of the property, so be certain to build as much as possible and save in the long term!
The prices for plots of land vary throughout Spain, sometimes quite enormously. Considering that Javea is a highly in demand area expect to pay in the region of €700 – €2000 per square metre, depending upon locality. The taxes due on the build will be measured according to the metre price so be certain that the dimensions of the property will match the actual value. Quality builders and legal experts will guide you throughout this process.
Hiring An Architect
Ensuring that you have the services of a quality architect is central to building your dream home. The best will provide bi-lingual insight into what is possible with the land while also being a genuine go-to contact throughout the process. Often they will have many years worth of experience within the local legal and contracting set-up, leading to better and swifter service. On the other hand skipping this stage might lead to a poor build.
As a go-to guide, the best architects are those who are contactable and established in the area. They might well earn commission for suggesting you employ their preferred builders or agents; and this isn’t necessarily an issue. It shows that you will get what you pay for, just make sure that you can visit the site without restriction and that the materials used are fully in compliance to the contract.
Finding a quality architect/contractor is easier than it may sound. Check online reviews and ask to see a recent portfolio of their works. Make inquiries with other residents who have built their own homes – you may even be able to negotiate a discount!
Just be certain to understand that the architect is your representative throughout the process. Trusting them will assuage a great deal of stress, and in the long run potentially save many thousands.
Finding an ideal spot of land is often stressful enough, so it’s not uncommon for people to gladly sign the dotted line without paying due recourse to the actual contract. A legal professional will do this all for you, however ultimately you must be certain that the agreed contract stipulates everything verbally agreed. This includes materials, timescale and all additional costs (be they anticipated or not). Liability is the key to making these arrangements work, and all contracts must be watertight and fully understood by all parties.