Building a house in Jamaica - What are the costs?

by Shannon
(Bermuda)

Building a House - Contruction Site

Building a House - Contruction Site

QUESTION: Can you tell me the price of a bag of cement in Jamaica and also the price of 6,8,10 and 12 inch block please. I would appreciate it. Thank you



ANSWER: by Wellesley May 3, 2012



Hi Shannon,

Thanks for the question. It's very nice to hear that you are considering building in Jamaica.

I made some calls and here are the prices - at today's date:

Bag of Cement - JMD 760.00
6 inch blocks - JMD 74.00
8 inch blocks - JMD 100.00
10 inch blocks - not available
12 inch blocks - not available


As you probably already know, building a house is, generally speaking, much cheaper than buying one, but it does assume that 'all other things are equal'.

Some important considerations are location, clearing of land, drainage, security of materials, fixtures, transportation, and last and by no means least, demand and the general economic state of the industry and country.

You'll also need to consider having the right professionals Shannon, from the land surveyor to 'finshers' (painter, tilers etc).

Having the right professional could be key to ensure it turns out more economical - quality work and professionalism thus preventing 'overuns'.

By the way, Avia Collinder of the Gleaner posted a very informative article sometime ago that should provide you some useful info. You might want to have a look at it (link below).

It included a breakdown of % cost for a typical 2 storey- house.

Here is an extract:


BUILDING
a. Foundation 11.1%

b. Walls and wall finishes 21.3%

c. Floors and foor finishes 15.2%

d. Roof and roof finishes 7.0%

e. Staircase and balustrading 3.4%

f. Doors and windows 7.6%

g. Joinery fixtures, fittings 2.9%

h. Ceiling finishes 3.4%

j. Sanitary appliances, plumbing 1.4%

k. Electrical Installation 4.8%

Sub-total 78.0%


2. EXTERNAL WORKS

Drainage, water supply, etc 13.2%


GENERAL PRELIMINARIES 7.3%

CONTINGENCIES 1.5%

TOTAL 100%


You can find the article here

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Regards,
Wellesley

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Jun 12, 2012
Nice and useful inforrmations for building a house in Jamaica NEW
by: Dejana

WERY NICE,GOOD INFORMATIONS!THANK YOU VERY MUCH,DEAR WELLESLEY!BUT,JAMAICA,PLEASE STAY CLEAN,PLEASE PROTECT YOURE NATURE AND YOURE TREASURES!!!NO MONEY CAN PAY THAT!TAKE CARE.EVERYBODY WANT TO MAKE A HOUSE THERE...
LOVE TO YOU JAMAICA
LOVE TO JAMAICAN PEOPLE
THANK YOU...

May 04, 2012
WOW NEW
by: Karleen

Wellesley thanks for posting such an indepth response. You are better than contacting a goverment office. As a follow-up, sometime ago I heard that a contractor built energy efficent houses at Richmond Hills. Do you have his name, website, etc or where he's building next? I don't remember if I ever told you thanks for recommending Michelle to coordinate our daughter's wedding last year. Thanks a million! She's the best! Now I think it's time for us to come home!

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