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Before You Begin Construction in the Caribbean

Do you dream about designing and building your own home in paradise? Whether you are considering building a vacation house or your retirement home in Mexico, there are some important factors to consider before you get started.
  • Do not begin construction on Mexican land unless you have the title deed.
  • Do not start building until permits and municipal approval has been granted for construction.
  • Enlist an architect with experience in Carribean construction; with knowledge of long-lasting materials and building methods which protect the home from the Carribean heat, humidity, and hurricanes.
  • Choose an architect who will help you realize your vision as well as supervise and provide updates on the progress of the project.
  • Do not retain the services of a contractor or developer until you have a formal contract between you which has been reviewed by a Mexican lawyer.
  • Your contract should include supervision, total build costs, build period, schedule of payments, quality of the fixtures and materials, the responsibility of employees, penalties, and fines for breach of contract by either party.
  • Consider structure placement, establish where the home will receive the most shade and benefit from a breeze to keep the house fresh, and avoid excessive AC use.