After nearly 7 months of construction and disruptions what are my final thoughts? Would I do it again? What would I change? So many questions could circle around in one’s head. Basically when it comes to building a home in Ecuador, one word stands out in my mind. That word is ‘patience!’
In Ecuador, if you plan on retiring in ecuador while building a home or even just a vacation property, you need to understand that things are not always going to be quick, on budget or on time. It is one of those cultural things you simply can not push to harshly to change. If the “whip” is too long then you simply will have your workers protesting in disgust and not show up for work! So it is a fine dance of patience and gentle nudging on your part. Often a cash bonus works well if you want the project to be accelerated more quickly. However, if you decide to use this tactic you better be extra vigilant on inspecting the work quality.
So with that said, would I do it again?
I can say with 100% certainty that I would. It was a great learning experience and at times tried my patience and tolerance level to the maximum. However, the end result was a North American quality unit that most everyone loves the moment they set foot inside. Most people can’t believe how cozy and modern it is.
What would I change?
The only thing that I would really change is allowing yourself for extra time and a little more of a buffer for being over budget. Materials and labor costs have gone up slightly. So allow yourself a little extra for that. Ecuadorians are notorious for not wanting to give you a dollar amount as well. It appears that it is not something that is done well. Make sure that you are well informed about what is and what is not included in the budget. Make your business to know exactly what is included in the budget total. Often then not things are missed in the budget. This can add up to a unexpected surprise. Usually it is in the area of the final furnishings that are overlooked. Things such as mirrors and fixtures. These things are never included. Stay on top of things, and don’t assume nothing.
Building the rental home was a great experience and much different then the first home that was built as my residence. That project was built by email and pictures while we were still in Canada. I was able to see it during the half way mark of construction personally. Otherwise, it was done “electronically” if you will.
Surprisingly enough it actually turned out very well all considering. That was a hair raising experience I would not wish to repeat. LOL!
So you might ask now, so is your rental home available to rent now? Of course, absolutely. I am in the process of designing a website for it. Casa Spondylus, will be bookable online and will be affordable by the day, week, or month. Stay tuned when I announce the completion of the website. For now, you may contact me if you wish to rent our rental home. firstname.lastname@example.org