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
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.