New Build House Cost Survey 2014

New Build House Cost SurveyHi folks,
recently we carried out a new build house cost survey with some of our tradesmen.  We had noticed a big lift in the number of new house build jobs being posted in 2014 so we felt it was a good time to carry out the survey.  The question was how much would it cost excluding VAT to build a 150  m2 new house ready to furnish?  Here is a sample of the replies below:-

Aidan from Dublin: 1000 to 1400 per sqm ex vat

Eoin from Dublin: 150-190k for new build that size

Sean from Dublin: we price per square foot average e900 to e1200 depending on style of build . Hope this can help thanks .

Derek from Louth: About 1200 to 1400 sq m builder finish

Padraic from Dublin: Low to high €140,000 to €210,000

Alan from Dublin: The going rate for a new build in Dublin is e1210 per m2 minimum normally it would be around e1430 per m2 at that excludes painting fitted kitchen tiling higher grade of electrical fittings and these prices also exclude services payments to ESB Gas Water breaking into main sewer the client would have to pay these costs as well as the levy for a new build which is about  e11,000 to the local council and the price per m2 can be higher if there is a very high standard of materials going into the project or there is extra ground works.  If you go outside Dublin the price would be lower as material and the hire of machinery is lower.

Kieran from Kildare: Low spec e1000m2 to e2000m2 high spec

LIAM from Wicklow: From e850 to e1400 depending on spec and ground works.You might only have to dig 1 mtr or in some cases up to three mtrs which could bring the cost up by 20%

David from Meath: e1200 to e1400 m2 It all depends on what type of insulation the engineer spec .

Thomas from Dublin: e 1200 to e 1400 per m2

Alex from Tipperary: Price 800 to 1200 euro per sq m, excl the following: vat, on site treatment system and soakaways, utility connection charges, drives, kerbing, paths, boundary walls, entrance gates, planting, planning fees and contributions, architect fees, supply and fit of kitchen and utilty units, supply of wood floors

Tom from Mayo: Between e800and e950

Pat from Dublin: I would Charge 1450+ vat its the going rate with all the old builders

Kevin from Kildare: e1400 to e1900 per meter sq

Matt from Meath: e145,000

Eamonn from Mayo: €117,000.00 to €128,000.00

Peter from Dublin: Depending on the level of finish inside and the design,you would pay between e1000-1500 per sqm approx

Arthur from Kildare: It would be aprox 1000 -1200 Eur per sq meter

Adrian from Cork: e800 – e1000 m2

Stephen from Meath: 1100 euro per square meter but depends on spec of build

Derek from Cork: That’s a tough question without seeing plans but anywhere between e90 and e120 per sq foot depending on the finish and the style of house. That’s a very rough price though

Paul from Limerick: Depending on finish but standard fit throughout starting at around e166k upwards depending on window spec ! Drive needing Tarmac lawns etc !

James from Cork: I would say e 80-90 a sq foot but every job is different and it could work out cheaper

Raymond from Dublin: €950/€1400 euro m 2

Peter from Wexford: You would be talking 155 thousand euro depending on house type example bungalow or dormer.

Frank from Offaly: Depends on spec. But if a standard spec you could build for 135,000 plus vat

Joseph from Dublin: Roughly e1300 all depending on the spec

Philip from Dublin: Straight forward build e95 Sq foot up to e160 Sq foot depending on any major constructive involvement ie rsj, steel beams or openings

Dan from Cork: e750 to e1000.00

Stefan from Dublin: The price for new build house is between 900euro-1500euro per m square.all depends on drawns.thank you

As you can see there is a quite a variety in the prices so it is important to shop around and make sure you are comparing like with like. Prices in Dublin  averaged at around €1,320/m2 with Cork enjoying the much cheaper average price of €920/m2.  Noticeable comparisons were made in Meath and Dublin with the average cost in Meath totalling to €1285/m2. This represents a significant price difference between the East and the South of the country although it must be noted that this survey does not take into account the quality of the work done!

When getting prices for any building work it may be tempting to go for the lowest price but since you usually only get one chance to do it right I would suggest you put quality ahead of price as much as possible.  Some important tips when selecting a contractor are as follows, (a) get references, qualifications and insurance details from each contractor who quotes for the job, (b) make sure to hire an independent certifier from the outset and have them sign off on each stage of the build (c) only pay for each stage as it’s signed off by the certifier (d) consider using an escrow payment facility to manage the payments and to safeguard both you and the contractor.

I hope this helps some of you who are planning new build sometime in the future and if you decide to go ahead with it be sure to post your new build job here and get up to 4 quotes from rated tradesmen.

Oliver Dempsey
4th October 2014

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