The price for the plans is good assuming this includes the tramitacion and the signing off when needed during construction.We talked to an architect in POP, who is very well reputed.
In order for her to make all the plans (design, structural, all utility lines like water, waste, electricity), all calculations, etc... it came to about 2,000$. Her office would also do the legwork to get all the permits, but the cost for the actual permits was not included.
Follow-up was not included, which I found very strange. The price was based on sqm, and this price was for a house of 160 sqm.
If, and when we build here, we are going to use a much respected maestro here, and his price is 27,000 rds/sqm for a house built to European quality standards, but with local materials (some imported stuff like locks, doorhandles and faucets). Mind you, as we want to build modern style some expensive support beams are included in that price.
So, 18,000 is a very good price, but as asked, how are the finishings?
See above post.Did the RD18,000/m2 include finish work (floor tiles, sinks, tubs, faucets,lights, etc...)? Decent windows, wall around property with metal entrance and car gate and security bars on windows? - or just the rough (Block, smooth coat, cement roof but no roof tiles, etc..)?
You should budget a minimum for RD20,000 per m2 not including the lot. The architects fees and the ayuntamiento taxes are separate. If you are in the capital it's probably RD25k minimum given the higher cost of living.Forgive me if some questions seem basic -
What is not included in the 18,000/m2? What fees or charges should one expect in addition to that when building a house in the DR?
I've seen fees anywhere from RD250 - 2500 per m2. I would say anything in the 300-400 range is acceptable. The taxes are charged by the ayuntamiento and are based on the cost of construction. There is also seguro social and possible the pension fund to consider.What percentage do you recommend budgeting for architects fees and ayuntamiento taxes? (I am assuming those fees and taxes are a percentage of the overall costs - so correct me if that is wrong). And thanks.
Any idea how the taxes are calculated? And what is the seguro social and pension fund? How much, or how is that calculated?I've seen fees anywhere from RD250 - 2500 per m2. I would say anything in the 300-400 range is acceptable. The taxes are charged by the ayuntamiento and are based on the cost of construction. There is also seguro social and possible the pension fund to consider.
I had a class on the ss and pension and even the attorney giving the class said it's a big mess. I believe one has to pay the ss but the pension is determined if the workers on the project are registered.I ask - because I have noticed that on different (small) projects in the DR, I would be told one cost and then later told "oh yeah, you have to pay this fee and then this fee..."
I like having a better understanding beforehand, rather than just say "Plus 5% or 10%" for "miscellaneous"...
So I appreciate the input. Thanks.