Chad Builds His first House in
Hi all. We just moved into our first house two months ago. We bought property in a subdivision called Savannah and it is very nice here. I thought I might give a few words of advice when planning to live here in the Philippines and constructing a home.
Most importantly one needs to know that it is illegal for a foreigner to own property here in the Philippines. There are a few ways to get around this like being married to a Filipina. However if you are single you still have options such as a 50 year lease with the option to renew if needed or wanted. I do have a few single friends that are doing just that.
There is one main type of construction here in the Philippines. Concrete. You can find homes that are bamboo or wood but the termites here are ruthless and any home made from wood will have to repaired on a regular basis. The same applies to the bamboo houses but this is because of the weathering of the bamboo and other natural building materials. The solid concrete home is the way to go if you don’t want to be doing repairs a few times a year. On top of that most subdivisions will not allow using wood or bamboo to maintain a certain look for the subdivision.
We chose Savannah because of the great security here and we are just far enough from the city that we don’t have the pollution from the cars and jeepneys. Its also nice and quiet here. No noise pollution so to speak. A big plus also I later found out that there are alot of other western foreigners that own houses here in Savannah. Sometimes its nice to talk to people you know understand you.
It is also a good idea when having your home constructed to have somebody you trust to oversee the construction process. I was a contractor in the states for 20 years before I moved here and I was glad I was here to oversee most of the construction of the house. The problem is that here in the Philippines some of the contractors will cut corners if nobody is watching. Coupled with the fact that the workers are only paid 150-200 pesos a day. About $5-$5 USD per DAY. This in turn makes them really not take to much pride in their work and you get what you get if someone is not here to supervise the construction. The good thing is the fact that the labor is so inexpensive that you can hire any number of workers and supervise yourself to get the quality of work you desire at a fairly low price. The old saying of you get what you pay for is very evident here.
We are very happy with our choice here and plan to build an addition in the near future. I will be doing other posts documenting that when we get construction started. Take care all.