Property in Spain | Cost of building your own house in Spain

How much does it cost to build a house in Spain?

Section for people wanting to buy, sell or rent property in Spain.

Obviously, the cost of building your own house in Spain varies according to the size and quality of the house and piece of land, and its location.

But whatever the type of house and wherever the land is, you will need to take the following inevitable expenses into account:






  • Architect: Any house built in Spain must comply with local construction rules and plans must be designed and signed by a qualified architect. He or she will charge anything from 6% (minimum) to 10% of the overall building cost.
  • Aparejador: This is the person who oversees the building process, making sure that the plans are respected and the materials described in the original project are used. He usually charges from 1 to 2 percent of the overall building cost. The architect might be able to recommend an aparejador.
  • Building materials: These will be described in detail in the memoria de calidades and should be agreed between you and the architect before you meet with the aparejador and the builders. It is important to detail all building materiales in the memoria, because then the builders can be held accountable for any omissions or errors.
  • Licencia de obra: your building permit will cost between 4 and 5% construction costs.
  • Declaration of New Building: 0,5%
  • Safety study: 0,8%
  • Geological Report (not always necessary): 1%
  • First occupation permit: 0,5%

Other useful links
Latest news on the property market in Spain Selection of news articles related to the real estate market here.
Mortgages in Spain, a brief introduction to the Spanish mortgage market, how it works and interest rates in Spain
Spanish banks, before applying for a mortgage, find out more about Spain's most popular banks and Spanish savings banks.
Property taxes in Spain, description of taxes involved in purchasing property and yearly property taxes in Spain.
Useful Spanish vocab for buying a house - you should learn at least the basic terms. Check out our pronunciation guide too.
Renting property in Spain - if you want to buy to rent, then read this section and our free notice board of property to rent in Spain.
Spanish lawyers - information on lawyers fees in Spain for property transactions
Houses for sale in Spain - take a look at the kind of houses available. Or check out our free Spain property for sale board.
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