It’s been your lifelong dream: owning your place in sunny Spain. And now, after a rocky few years of uncertainty, pandemics, and spending more time indoors – you’re finally ready.
The time is right, your finances are right, the family’s onboard, and you’re ready to start building your custom dream home in Spain.
5 Tips on how to build in Spain from a distance
However, there’s nothing more stressful than building a house from a distance. Decisions must be made, teams to be managed, and disasters to be averted. Finally, you’re left with no choice but to trust a builder you barely know. Or is there?
Here are 5 practical tips on how to turn the stressful process of building a dream home in Spain from a distance into a pleasurable, predictable, and stress-free experience:
- Tip #1: Work with a trustworthy local partner
- Tip #2: Take control of the construction project
- Tip #3: Choose a design-build firm that works with expats
- Tip #4: (ALWAYS) Ask for accurate pricing
- Tip #5: Mitigate risks with guarantees
Let’s see how to apply such tips to the real house construction process from a distance!
Tip #1: Work with a trustworthy local partner
Construction projects cause people to lose lots of money due to poor supervision, poor project management, theft, poor resource planning, and production bottlenecks that cause delays. When you live in a different country, you can’t be in Spain at all times to handle every situation that arises. Choosing the right local partner that’s your eyes and ears while you’re away can save you A LOT of money.
Work with an experienced design-build firm
Consider choosing a design-build firm that specializes in handling every aspect of the construction of your new home. Arkavis is an experienced, trustworthy partner for internationals who plan to build their second home in sunny Spain.
We are there for you even before the construction begins, and our relationship lasts long after the project is completed through complementary maintenance or our 10-Year Quality Warranty.
Choose a company that helps you BEFORE the construction begins
From picking the right plot of land to obtaining the necessary construction permits from local authorities, Arkavis offers a wide range of pre construction services that save you unnecessary trips to Spain and LOTS of headaches.
Our pre construction services include:
- Preconstruction Consulting (including cost optimization)
- Consultation on finding the right parcel of land
- Obtaining all the necessary approvals and building permits, preparing the documentation, and communicating with local authorities
- Recommending local architects, lawyers, notaries
- Initial Estimates and Budgets
- Value Engineering of Costs and Alternative Methods
- Construction Document Review
Let’s move on to tip number two: the importance of having control over the project, even when you’re not in the country.
Tip #2: Take control of the construction project
Nothing is worse than a construction project that loses you money without you even knowing why.
Sure, there are many other unpleasant ways to lose control over your construction site abroad – such as encountering considerable delays or having the wrong pool installed. But there’s a special something to losing vast amounts of money to what was supposed to be your lifelong dream.
The probability of such risks increases even more since you’re an expat building your second home from abroad. It’s not like you can pop up unannounced on the construction site just to see how things are going! Most of the time, you must rely on whatever information your builder shares.
Don’t settle for less – demand full transparency when building your dream home in Spain
Why settle for less when there’s a company offering full transparency on the market? Arkavis is the only company live streaming the entire construction of your home. And we don’t stop here.
Transparency is our favorite tool. Here’s how we use it to the fullest:
- 24/7 live streaming from your construction site
- full access to project status updates and budget updates on our digital platform
- and you can communicate with any member of the team at any time
Transparency is our way of saying thank you for entrusting us with such an important project.
Tip #3: Choose a design-build firm that works with expats
First of all, a firm that specializes in working with internationals is fluent in English and other languages. Second, they have a wide range of services tailored to your specific needs, such as:
- communicating in Spanish with the local authorities
- connecting you with capable local professionals, such as lawyers and architects
- making countless trips to find the right land, thus saving you time and money with unnecessary viewing trips abroad
Arkavis is a company fully tailored to helping expats build their second home in Spain. Our British clients have built their dream homes from scratch without all the hassle, the waste of money, and the stress.
Over 99% of our customers’ trips to Spain only have one purpose: to enjoy the sun, the sea, and their newly built villas with their friends and families.
How we built a fantastic Mediterranean villa for a British couple
Here is the fantastic Mediterranean Villa that we built for the Botrill family:
Our British couple wanted their slice of paradise in sunny Spain that would accommodate their 4 daughters together with their expanding families. Having many grandchildren and friends who love to visit, they needed a vacation home to accommodate 20 adults and more than 10 children who typically gather for their family dinners.
Lisa and Simon also love hiking, kayaking, and golf – hobbies we considered while designing this fantastic 250 square feet, 4 Bedroom villa with 2 separate Suites and an infinity pool.
What our customers say
Here’s what Lisa and Simon said about our collaboration:
Arkavis has supported us through the construction of our superb new home in the Costa Brava. Their attention to detail and quality of work is a credit to their dedication and trusted team. Arkavis has continued to provide advice and maintenance services at short notice. I highly recommend Arkavis, Valentin, and his team.Simon Botrrill
I would like just to give a review on your company. Living in the U.K. and building abroad could be problematic, but I can honestly say Valentin and his brother Virgil are so passionate about perfection together. This and their helpful attitude made the process easy. They have continued to assist with general maintenance and improvements to our house. The quality and standard of their work are superb.Lisa Bottrill
Tip #4: (ALWAYS) Ask for accurate pricing
Once you know the exact project scope and technical details, you should get an accurate price estimation based on labor and material costs.
The design-build firm quoting you should also consider your budget while managing your expectations about what can or cannot be done according to project constraints.
Heading into a construction project without a clear cost expectation is never a good idea.
Discover our fixed-price policy for your dream home in Spain
Arkavis has a fixed price policy that helps you correctly plan your expenses. That’s how we ensure no budget overruns in building your new home!
Still, it’s okay to change your mind. However, we assure you that the contractually agreed level of investment only changes when you decide to alter the project’s complexity.
Are you ready to get your project started? Click here, access our website, and book a call (it only takes 1 minute).
Tip #5: Mitigate risks with guarantees
Unfortunate occurrences do happen. However, you should never be the one to pay the price.
Apologizing is never enough. Paying whatever financial losses through warranties is a great starting point for an apology. Our advice: choose a design-build firm that takes responsibility by covering all the extra costs whenever such unfortunate circumstances occur.
Discover our stress-free warranties
Arkavis, for example, pays for an unlimited stay at a 4-star hotel for you and your family should your house not be ready on the agreed schedule. We haven’t been able to use this warranty yet since our projects are ready on time – but it’s good to know that you have this option while working with us!
Mission Possible: Arkavis, a different design-build firm
We are a purposefully small design-build firm located in Girona in sunny Spain. Our mission is simple yet daring: to take the stressful and time-consuming act of building a home abroad and turn it into a pleasant and worry-free experience.
We’re making this possible through our complete project services, idea & design to completion. Our most significant strengths: radical transparency and the refusal to settle for anything less than perfection.
We have 10+ years of experience building fantastic vacation homes, forever homes, or real estate investments for expats in Spain.
We are smaller. We try harder
We can only accept 4-6 projects at a time – and we love it that way. Our boutique firm enables us to have a personal approach with our clients that wouldn’t be possible by scaling the business.
We know our customer’s names, their families, their hobbies, and their dreams – and that’s probably why we get to build homes that manage to exceed their expectations.
We (really) care about your dream home in Spain
We take our time, ask the right questions, and always go the extra mile to make our customers happy with their new dream homes in Spain.
Are you ready to enjoy the whole Arkavis experience? Access our website, book a free discovery call and enjoy a level of personalized service that you’ve rarely experienced abroad!
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