BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOME IN CHIRIQUI
|August 8, 2014||Posted by don under Uncategorized|
MY COUNTRY HOME IS NOT FOR SALE.YOU CAN BUILD A HOME LIKE THIS for $42,000.My home in Bario Lindo 9 ks above Boqueron was built in 6 months using local labor.Now 2 yrs old.
1800 SF.16 FT VAULTED CEILINGS,3 BR2BA.30X18 FT GREAT ROOM.AC,OAK CABINETS,GRANITE COUNTER TOPS.15X22 FT MASTER BR.
12×15 FT FLORIDA ROOM WITH JACUZZI.
PORCHES, CAR PORT,GRINGO WIRING SEALING PVC WINDOWS.HAND FORMED STEEL ORNATE DOORS.OAK INTERIOR DOORS.
COST $50,000 INCLUDES 2000SQ MT OF LAND,ARCHITECT,PERMITS,SEPTIC,BRINGING IN LITES 340 MTS AND WATER 1000MTS.THE COST OF THE HOUSE ALONE WAS ABOUT $42,000.$24 per FT2.IF YOU ARE CONSIDERIONG A HOME IN THE COUNTRY IN CHIRIQUI COME AND TAKE A LOOK.FIT AND FINISH?EXCELLENT.
Every bario has a master builder who can read plans and build a quality house.
If you build outside David ,your costs fall off dramaticly.Pay your workers every week.NO CONTRACT TO BUILD AT A SET PRICE. your cost may double and you must prepay for labor and material.When you prepay Your builder has the option of raising the price or walking away with your money in his pocket.Contracts without binding provisions are not enforceable in Panama.So you are screwed.If your builder does not pay his workers or if they claim not paid you may be responsible to pay them again.
Your lawyer has no incentive to tell you this because he makes his money in court for EIGHT years.Read our article AVOID LABOR COURT.Draft a LABOR contract with each worker.Starting date most important.Pay his SS etc.if required.It is not that much.
Order and pay for material yourself so you know it has been paid.Your builder will give you a list each week.
Start building in jan. or feb.the dry season. If it rains,your workers will not work but you must pay them for that day.
It may seem a daunting task but I did it and enjoyed building my home where nothing was before.If you can not oversee construction there are retired expat builders here to help.
You can come and see if you like.Hope you find this helpful.Carol 68589338