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Saturday, December 24, 2011

How to Build My Home in the Philippines?

Option 1) Build a house yourself ('with your own two hands')
You can build the complete house yourself; do the work with some help of family and relatives.
It can be a full time- but very satisfying task.
Most do-it-yourselfers will say "Good feeling I did it myself; it took a lot more time, I made many mistakes (and I'm still paying for those) but I enjoyed doing it".

Option 2) Be your own general contractor ('sub-contracting all the work out yourself')
Philippine contractors do not necessarily need to possess the skills needed to mix concrete or attach a roof the house; they hire labor and sub-contractors to do that. That's what you can do also... and save money.
That is, if you are able- and willing to spend a lot of time (as in fulltime) on the building site, can keep records, manage a dozen of trades, hundreds of products, and thousands of steps that must be scheduled, coordinated, and performed quickly and correctly to finish the project, for about 4 months, probably much longer.
And you have to make sure that every worker has the materials needed, every day, because they won't tell you if some building materials runs out.
You can be the general contractor, but try to find a Philippine home builder that you can pay an hourly fee for consultation now and then. He will help you to avoid costly errors.

Option 3) Hire two General Contractors; one to build only the 'bare structure' and one to do the finishings
This can be a necessary option when you are more or less 'forced' to hire your local contractor (because he is a relative for example). They will most likely build with hollow blocks which is not the most durable construction method... So why not let your local house builder do the finishings like tiles and paint etc. and let another contractor build your foundation and walls with the ADVANCED system (solid concrete walls; no hollow blocks).

Option 4) Hire a General Contractor to build only the 'bare structure'; do the finishings yourself
Pay a Philippine contractor to build the floors, walls and roof.
Many people prefer this option because the most difficult work will be done for you. After that you can move in and slowly at your own pace put some tiles and paint etc.

Option 5) Hire a General Contractor to build the complete house ('leave all work to the professionals')
Sit back, relax and receive the keys after a while. Of course this comes with a price...

Whichever option you select, here are some articles that might be of interest:

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