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Garpo:
I am looking at a home and lot in the Bataan area. The seller of the property started to build the home and it has all the walls, floors, and roof done.† Nothing has been finished from that point on and it is basically just the cement blocks, cement floor, and aluminum roof.† No doors or windows installed.† The home is about 100 sq. meters and my question is if anybody could give me a rough estimate of what it would cost to finish the home?† Nothing really fancy with just standard tile, plumbing fixtures, electrical, paint, etc. etc. ???

suzukig1:
Our house cost about P10,000 per square meter to build.† It has only one western style CR and no kitchen (just counter and burners and no sink).†

I would be concerned if the original owner couldn\'t finish the house due to lack of funds.† Maybe they cut corners to save costs to get the house to the stage it\'s at now.

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--- Quote from: suzukig1 on April 16, 2011, 09:57:24 AM ---I would be concerned if the original owner couldn\'t finish the house due to lack of funds.† Maybe they cut corners to save costs to get the house to the stage it\'s at now.

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Yes, this would worry me too. You need to get someone to have a good look over it, see whether it is built up to any sort of standard, or just thrown together at absolute minimal cost. There is supposed to be a permit issued, supposed to be engineering drawings and calculations done, but whether anybody apart from we rich foreigners actually follow those rules is anybody\'s guess.

I\'d ask around, find a local builder who has a reasonable reputation, find people with experience who recommend him, get a quote for finishing the house.

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Many houses are started and not finished due to lack of funds. There is a small apartment block next to us in that state because the owner lost the money gambling. The other common reason is not getting a building permit. I would check with the city hall to see if a permit was ever granted, and if so ask to see the plans. Finishing costs are the most expensive, and even for a partially built place I would still estimate a cost of at least P8,000 per sq mtr. You may also feel the need to make alterations even if a plan is available, the wiring and plumbing arrangements in most Filipino houses leave a lot to be desired. I would also expect the roof to need insulating. You would need to resubmit plans to get a new building permit. The original permit, if it existed, would have expired after 6 months of inactivity. Another addition cost is for the occupancy permit that requires fire exits and emergency lighting. I only learned today that the electrical inspector expects you to buy their expensive emergency lights; I will be looking into this.

Colin

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Emergency lighting???? Ha, they must have seen the kano coming.† ;D

I can\'t possibly imagine many, if any , Filipinos putting emergency lighting in their homes.

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