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:

9/10/2015 updates in purple

1 Bag of Cement - JMD 760.00 (Now JMD 1032.00)
6 inch blocks - JMD 74.00 (Now JMD 87.96)
8 inch blocks - JMD 100.00 (Now JMD 113.00)
10 inch blocks - not available
12 inch blocks - not available

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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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Wellesley

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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.
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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.

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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...
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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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