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BANGKOK 14 November 2018 02:53
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What's the average cost to build a house per sqm in Isaan?

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Hi, i live in Issan at Chaiyaphum, we plan to build a house (around 95 sqm). The builder ask us 3500 thb/sqm. This price doesn't include the material building. Is it a average price ? Our house will be very simple with a roof like the picture picture below. Should i include the covered and concrete terrace area to calculate the price of the house ? Or the price per sqm should be lower for the terrace ?

The house is 95sqm and the terrace 20sqm = 115 x 3500 THB

Thanks :)

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That's a lot for labour only. 6 guys could knock that up in Less than 3 months... Do the maths yourself.  More important, you won't own it so don't even bother.  Numerous  threads at present where guys are losing millions of baht though houses they don't own.  Rent or seriously write the money off if you have to move out once it's finished. 

 

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Yes that is way too high.   Rule of thumb around here outside of Udon is that the labour costs are 1/3 of the total costs..  By way of example somebody I know just had a house similar to the picture built but it is around 120 sq. mtr and cost 1.15 million baht finished ( well the shell is finished no furniture etc).   He was quoted initially as 800,000 for materials and plus 1/3 again of that for labour.  That worked out at around 270,000 for labour or 2250 baht/sq mtr

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I can confirm that this is WAY too high!

Workers on construction sites are among the lowest paid, and the material is very cheap anyway.

 

I remember talking with a farang architect in Pattaya, who told me that construction costs, all included (not only the material, but bathroom, kitchen and so on) varied between 2,500 and 9,000 baht per sqm...and that was for Pattaya-Bangkok.

 

In Isaan, where I live, people build nice houses for less than a million.

 

The one on the photo has a nice look, but no architectural complexity...basically a box.

 

And 95 sqm is small...you should not spend more than 1 to 1.2 million on it, all included...certainly not 3 millions only for the workers!

 

I could send you workers who would gladly do the job for the regular price...

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3 hours ago, Jeffrey346 said:

The OP's question is about cost per sq meter, not about building vs renting. Stick to the topic.

And I answered  the OPs question. However there are many naive people here that don't understand you CANT own property here and potentially can lose your life savings,  just making the OP aware as he may not know. 

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There are a few people building out our way (near Mahasarakham). The labour component for a decent quality 100 square metre house seems to be around 250,000 Baht (compared to your quote which works out around 350,000 Baht).

 

So, yes, you should get other quotes.

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Just be extremely careful who you choose and how (deposit/stage/completion whatever) you pay for it.

 

From the figure quoted I would say you are in the "farang = +30-50%" zone, used by locals.

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Maybe organise another quote yourself if possible, some ladies get serious lunch money from the builders. Probably most . Not being rude but it's a common trick they know .

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3 hours ago, Brunolem said:

I can confirm that this is WAY too high!

Workers on construction sites are among the lowest paid, and the material is very cheap anyway.

 

I remember talking with a farang architect in Pattaya, who told me that construction costs, all included (not only the material, but bathroom, kitchen and so on) varied between 2,500 and 9,000 baht per sqm...and that was for Pattaya-Bangkok.

 

In Isaan, where I live, people build nice houses for less than a million.

 

The one on the photo has a nice look, but no architectural complexity...basically a box.

 

And 95 sqm is small...you should not spend more than 1 to 1.2 million on it, all included...certainly not 3 millions only for the workers!

 

I could send you workers who would gladly do the job for the regular price...

Thanks Mate, in fact the builder said that the house should cost about 800.000 THB for low materials quality to 1 million THB for higher quality. So 115sqmx3500THB = 402.500 THB for the labour and 597.500 THB for the materials. If you know any good and cheaper worker who could accept to work here at Chaiyaphum please give me his phone number.

 

Cheers

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1 hour ago, baansgr said:

And I answered  the OPs question. However there are many naive people here that don't understand you CANT own property here and potentially can lose your life savings,  just making the OP aware as he may not know. 

I know mate, that's why i decide to build a 1 million bahts house only...

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When you ask what the price should be, we ask, for what:

 

Labour only or labour and materials?

Including garden walls/patio's, driveway, veranda's, outbuildings etc?

Unfinished?

To include wiring, plumbing and porcelain?

Finished to local standards?

Finished to Western standards?

Finished to high standards?

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