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Can anyone recommend: Builder

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:47pm
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DavidJune

Posts: 5

Location: La Marina

Just purchasing a Villa in La Marina and want a reliable builder to do alterations before we move IE; Building, alterations, Kitchen, Bathroom, painting,Supply & Fit pool etc etc.We are in the UK but can liaise by email. Any advice or recommendation would be appreciated. 

RayD

RayD

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Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:30pm

Posts: 3608

Location: Catral

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Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:30pm

One thing that you need to know is that you will need building permission and licences from the ayuntamiento before you proceed. You will have to give details to the architects department and obtain either minor or major works licences.

A second thing is that there are a few unscrupulous british builders who operate out of La Marina. They will try and persuade you that you don't need any permissions, mainly because they can't apply for them on your behalf as they are working illegally.

Avoid anyone called Nigel like the plague as my wife has knowledge of his shoddy workmanship and was badly ripped off by him to the tune of many thousands.

A builder who does come recommended usually in Don Alumnio (I think that is the spelling).

Beware of brits bearing gifts as they home in on the newcomers without any experience and who are looking for those who speak the language.

DavidJune

DavidJune

Original Poster

Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:54pm

Posts: 5

Location: La Marina

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:54pm

Many thanks for that useful info, at this stage contracts have just been signed and we hope to take possession and get builder involved early January, if necessary it may be good to know an English person local to oversee in our absence? perhaps an Architect  or one retired? ? 

nawaar08

Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:12pm

Posts: 8

Location: Torrevieja

2 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:12pm

Hallo,

I was asking my Spanish Nighbour yesterday about a good Bulider 

She gave me this name & number 

She said they are a little bite expensive but very professional

Try to ask about them, if you will try them and you like the job, let me know please 

good luck

Lopez

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Maryg

Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:10pm

Posts: 8

Location: Playa Flamenca

7 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:10pm

We used DonAluminio builders , they finished the job in September .

They built up and extended a terrace - they did a great job. We don’t live in Spain so it was a leap of faith , they did it when we weren’t there.

If you look on ‘TalkQuesada’ forum there are loads of reports from people in relation to their work - talk to Rob there.

I would recommend them highly.

LeckyLes

LeckyLes

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Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:11pm

Posts: 1017

Location: Cabo Roig

899 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:11pm

RayD wrote on Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:30pm:

One thing that you need to know is that you will need building permission and licences from the ayuntamiento before you proceed. You will have to give details to the architects department and obtain either minor or major works licences.

A second thing is that there are a few unscrupulous british builders who operate out of La Marina. They will try and persuade you that you don't need any permissions, mainly because they can't apply for them on your behalf as they are working illegally.

Avoid anyone called Nigel like the plague as my wife has knowledge of his shoddy workmanship and was badly ripped off by him to the tune of many thousands.

A builder who does come recommended usually in Don Alumnio (I think that is the spelling).

Beware of brits bearing gifts as they home in on the newcomers without any experience and who are looking for those who speak the language.

Spanish Tradesmen are also known to try to Rip off Brits .It certainly is not as cut and dried as RayD implies.

LeckyLes 

Kimmy11

Kimmy11

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Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:38am

Posts: 1757

2112 helpful posts

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:38am

I would also recommend DonAluminio builders - Rob is English, his colleagues are Spanish and South American, so you get excellent quality workmanship with the convenience of being able to communicate in English.  They are fully legal.

Kind regards, 

Kim

Nita12

Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:42pm

Posts: 6

Location: La Marina

3 helpful posts

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:42pm

Very good very helpful  we were also in England kept in contact with us.... sent us pictures of work completed......  excellent work 

IanB

Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:17am

Posts: 13

Location: La Marina

13 helpful posts

Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:17am

I used “Barclays” to carry out my alterations and create/install a new pool - this was 3 years ago

Very happy with the project and the communication, and everything was documented with building regs/legal correctly followed

I am now using them again for a smaller job and have had a good experience this far. The only difference this time is that they now have a young (British) Project Manager, Tommy, who is based in Barclays Estate Agents office on the Urb - I found Tommy a very good communicator sending me updates/photos etc, and he is easily accessible 

Barclays Construction are fully legal

Hope this helps

DavidJune

DavidJune

Original Poster

Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:34pm

Posts: 5

Location: La Marina

Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:34pm

WELL! All looked positive with the amount of replies and recommendations we received from this site 

HOWEVER having had no replies from any builder, not even an acknowledgement of work wanted, it leaves me thinking they are so busy they don't want my work? 

I want a bedroom extension,Roof terrace,Internal wall removed, New Kitchen, Bathroom, Rear car port, swimming pool, New Gates, re-paint in and out, Tiling. [Not to be sneezed at you would think!!!!]

I am 74, a retired builder myself, I was hoping to liaise via e mail to get the work done ready for our next visit.

I am in the UK is it worth coming out and sitting on their laps?

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