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:

7/25/2014 updates in purple

1 Bag of Cement - JMD 760.00 (Now JMD 1050.00)
6 inch blocks - JMD 74.00 (Now JMD 82.00)
8 inch blocks - JMD 100.00 (Now JMD 105.00)
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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Note: This Q&A will also be posted on our popular facebook fan page so I am inviting you to follow the responses over there as well. Our address is http://facebook.com/myislandjamaica

Regards,
Wellesley

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Aug 15, 2015
deck roof
by: Anonymous

Anonymous,

You make a great case for a deck roof.

Aug 14, 2015
Roofing Alternatives
by: Anonymous

I would like to add a second floor to my mother's house and am thinking of the roofing cost.

I want a roof that is first of all secure, to withstand criminals and hurricanes, then durable durable and inexpensive. Also, I want a roof that will somehow cool down the house. I saw where Gore Developers switched to concrete roofing with a white finishing for its New Harbour project. Will a concrete pitched roof meet my objectives? How will it compare in cost to other types of roofs? And will I be able to get a contractor to do it since this is not a popular type of roof (the flat concrete slab is what is popular)?

Aug 02, 2015
Staircase and ceramic tiles
by: Anonymous

I'm building a house in Jamaica and wondering about the staircase since I'm on the northern side of the island and has a lot of sea breeze I would love to use iron rails instead of wood.Do you think the metal will be affected by the salt air.I'm also looking for floor tiles but unable to get a good look on the designs.I have a lot of floors since it's 3 levels.
Thanks for your help
Marion

Jul 28, 2015
rates
by: delmar robinson

I would like to see the rates online

Jun 04, 2015
Rate sheet
by: Anonymous

Where can i get the construction rate sheet online? I need to know if i'm being over charged for work done on my premises.

May 31, 2015
Building a family holiday home to
by: Anonymous

Hi I need advice, help with costs and research could you help please. Could you private message me Jamiebernard2014@gmail.com

May 28, 2015
What is the cost of a plan to build a 2 storey house
by: Dellorice

What is the cost of a plan to build a 2 storey house. Could you give an estimate cost of a house plan in 2015.

May 19, 2015
question
by: withney

how much money do you think i need to build a bedroom and bathroom on my mother house? How many blocks you think i might need also it will be slob top? how many steels and cement.
i just need a estimate

May 05, 2015
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Apr 23, 2015
Cot per Sq Ft to build
by: Jacxq

Can anyone say what is the cost per square foot to build in Jamaica assuming it is concrete,
In another post someone asked for comparison cost of a concrete slab roof deck roof, shingle, colored Sheet metal and Tile roof

Apr 23, 2015
Roofing COst
by: DH

I would love to find out the difference in cost between a timber Hip roof vs a reinforced concrete slab roof. Which is more expensive?

Apr 15, 2015
Welcoming you back to Jamaica
by: Evans Land Sales & Construction


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Apr 06, 2015
foundation
by: Anonymous

Hello all,

I am till looking for ball park prices for 1) excavation with a back hoe for 25 x 25 foundation, and cost of putting in the 25 x25 (supplies and labor) foundation (strong enough to eventually support 2 floors. The rea is south St. Elizabeth.
We plan to get some estimates when we go to Jamaica in a few months, But I am chomping at the bit.

Thanks

Feb 12, 2015
floor plans
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I have been looking around on line for floor plans for a smallish 1 level 2/2 home with a veranda.

The NHT website had some.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks

Aug 21, 2014
Thanks alot!
by: Tremayne

This was very helpful. Thanks for making the call and doing us (potential builders)a huge favor. Respect.

Aug 05, 2014
Cost Per Ft Or Metre To Build A house in Jamaica
by: Basil

What the cost per sq. ft. to build a complete house in Jamaica?

Editor's Note
Hi Basil,

The rates do change and there are various factors to be considered. You might do well with a Master Building construction Rate sheet.

Scroll below and look at the recommendation we made. There is a phone number there as well.

Regards,
Wellesley



Jul 25, 2014
Master Building Construction Rate Sheet
by: Wellesley

I have gotten the question about where to get a Jamaica Master Building Construction rate sheet here on the site, so I went and did some research.

If you are in Jamaica, I would suggest that you contact the nearest parish council office.

They by themselves might not have one, as there is a cost to it, but they will be able to suggest companies that provides that service.

In Montego Bay, where I am at there is a company called Design Sanctuary that provides it for 700JMD.

Their number is 876-971-2584.

Jun 13, 2014
Building on property already own
by: Anonymous

I have the land and the foundation already but trying to complete it is such a task i would love if i would be able to get a loan on the property and then build and then pay back the loan what do you think is that a good idea or just buy something already built.

Jun 12, 2012
Nice and useful inforrmations for building a house in Jamaica
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
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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