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Posted By: GRINGO JOE

Home builder? - 05/11/11 05:44 PM

Can members who have experience (good or bad) with local construction companies please provide some feedback. Thanks in advance for your help.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Home builder? - 05/11/11 06:12 PM

Make sure you really thoroughly check out the people you are thinking of working with. We believed smooth talk and didn't do our homework as thoroughly as we should and suffered as a result. If we had spoken to people associated with other building projects done by our builders...really spoken to them, we would have probably not selected the builders we chose. Instead we saw some pretty buildings, which looked lovely, but of course cosmetics isn't everything. Though we knew that, we fell for it anyway. In hindsight we've discovered there were some very serious faults in their previous building constructions and there have been numerous problems with our own, some inconvenient, some very expensive to repair and some down right dangerous and caused by apparent negligence. So, our best advice would be to make sure you talk to actual owners (not ones who are trying to sell as they won't want anyone to know what is wrong with the property - which was another one of the difficulties we faced in getting information) or people who have lived in properties built by the builder you are considering. Also, talk to local handymen and those that do repair work. They'll certainly give you some insight into the sort of work or repairs that have been necessary on certain properties. Throughout our own building project we had suspicions and difficulties with our builder's record keeping and the way he just changed plans without consulting us. Trying to keep the peace, we didn't kick up a fuss. We should have! Good luck. There are some great builders here and I'm sure that with some good research you'll find them.
Posted By: Phil

Re: Home builder? - 05/11/11 08:37 PM

Conact Matt King or Robbie Pritchard who you will find via Roadkill Bar or Purdygirl on here. They have recently set up their own Construction business having previously been lead Project Manager and Construction Foreman/Manager for Johnstone International, a Michael Ashcroft business that recently pulled out of Belize and built several big projects on the Caye including Las Terrazzas
Posted By: Capt. Hollywood

Re: Home builder? - 05/11/11 09:53 PM

You really need check out who you are doing business with, get refferals and check them out thoroughly. Check their previous work. GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING..and have a reputable lawyer check the contract.
I have been in Belize Five years and found that you have to be real carefull about who you deal with. DO NOT take anyone on just their word.

Make sure your subs are liceneced, Plumbers, electricians, etc.

Here's a little hint I have found usefull. CHECK THIER TOOLS!. Most good relaiable contractors will invest in their tools... do they have a good assortment, clean & well cared for. are the saw blades new & sharp or old rusty and dull?
Check the brands... are they using Dewalt, Makita, Skill etc. (the high end expensive brands) or are they using the cheap chinese knock offs. I have found this to be a good litmus test but not an absolute.

I don't know if you are construction savy but another important thing is you have to be on site often.. everyday if you can. If you are not there constantly checking on them corners will be cut! Gauranteed! Get a copy of Canada's building codes. They are some of the strictist for minimum code reqirements and have your contractor follow those or US building codes for The southern states. Belize minimuim building codes are not very good.

IMPORTANT. If you are buying a lot make sure you check it during rainy season.... there is a lot of swamp land for sale.....

good luck...

Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Home builder? - 05/11/11 10:08 PM

You can judge a builders management skills by looking at his job sites. Are they swept and raked daily? Is the trash disposed of? Are the workers working (without friends hanging around?)
Posted By: GRINGO JOE

Re: Home builder? - 05/11/11 11:02 PM

Thanks for the helpful replies!!
Posted By: Tie One On

Re: Home builder? - 05/12/11 04:09 AM

Originally Posted by collyk
Make sure you really thoroughly check out the people you are thinking of working with. We believed smooth talk and didn't do our homework as thoroughly as we should and suffered as a result. If we had spoken to people associated with other building projects done by our builders...really spoken to them, we would have probably not selected the builders we chose. Instead we saw some pretty buildings, which looked lovely, but of course cosmetics isn't everything. Though we knew that, we fell for it anyway. In hindsight we've discovered there were some very serious faults in their previous building constructions and there have been numerous problems with our own, some inconvenient, some very expensive to repair and some down right dangerous and caused by apparent negligence. So, our best advice would be to make sure you talk to actual owners (not ones who are trying to sell as they won't want anyone to know what is wrong with the property - which was another one of the difficulties we faced in getting information) or people who have lived in properties built by the builder you are considering. Also, talk to local handymen and those that do repair work. They'll certainly give you some insight into the sort of work or repairs that have been necessary on certain properties. Throughout our own building project we had suspicions and difficulties with our builder's record keeping and the way he just changed plans without consulting us. Trying to keep the peace, we didn't kick up a fuss. We should have! Good luck. There are some great builders here and I'm sure that with some good research you'll find them.


THAT is what happens when you do NOT have proper inspections during the ENTIRE building project. The government needs to get it together as it pertains to this.
Posted By: hansen

Re: Home builder? - 05/12/11 05:28 AM

Suenos Construction is handling our project up north and I couldn't be happier Mike Coleman (contractor) and his crew. Clean site, honest guys, on schedule, on budget. You can follow the entire project from start to finish in the photos section of the following facebook page. PM me if you want more details.

www.facebook.com/canarycove

Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Home builder? - 05/12/11 05:54 AM

How many good builders are there on the island?
Posted By: Pam&Dave

Re: Home builder? - 05/12/11 06:21 AM

hansen: WOW, that is an amazing home! So glad you have a builder that is working out well on your huge project. The tile work is outstanding - very impressive. We are 3.5 miles north and will swing by to see "Canary Compound" up close.
Posted By: hansen

Re: Home builder? - 05/13/11 12:35 AM

anytime!
Posted By: Jungleboy

Re: Home builder? - 05/23/11 08:58 PM

Hello everyone. My name is Ken and I'm from Calgary Alberta Canada. A thought just came to my mind that I may be quite useful for someone who is moving to Belize, and is looking for someone savy in different areas to help them out for the first little bit while settling down. I have been to Belize 4 times, and driven there from Canada once, so I know a little bit about how things work, and how to get around in Belize and avoid getting ripped off.

I have construction experience, I was a Hardwood Flooring and Finishing Contractor. I also have composites/fibreglass experience, having built a boat from scratch before. The boat I built is featured on this Discovery Channel Episode aired just over a year ago if you are interested in checking it out.

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/april-2010/daily-planet---april-21-2010/#clip292455

So I figure there is probably a few guys out there, that could hire me full time for a while, just doing random stuff for them, while they get settled into their new life in Belize. If I don't know how to do it, I can pick up on it pretty fast. I could even help you get setup with a solar array, work on your vehicle, work in your Garden, I really don't care, as long as I'm in Belize smile.

I don't want to sound like a Jack-Of-All-Trades sorta guy here, cause I'm not, and I know how those guys usually work out, but I am known for being very good at whatever I put my mind to. I have Many References, including various Company Owners, etc. I'm Very hardworking and Honest. Do you think I could help you out?

I am currently working for TELUS, and to work for them, doing residential installations, you have to be background checked, so I have an active TELUS ID.

Email me [email protected]

Best Regards,
Ken
Posted By: Bing Crosby

Re: Home builder? - 05/23/11 09:25 PM

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/april-2010/daily-planet---april-21-2010/#clip292455

Am I missing something? Canada's worst Handy men? Is this supposed to be your references?
Posted By: gracie617

Re: Home builder? - 05/30/11 07:17 PM

Just viewed your pics on Facebook-WOW!! My husband and I recenlty purchased property on AC and will be planning our home within the next several months. We will definitely contact your builders but I wanted to know who designed your home. We want to contact someone that is familiar with AC and designing homes in this particular area. Any suggestions?
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Home builder? - 05/31/11 07:29 AM

I heard that Graniels does great work and that they have done a few of the hotels on AC and some of the woodwork at a few other resorts.
Posted By: pirate villas

Re: Home builder? - 05/31/11 02:29 PM

the guy that built my place is isael 011-501-631-2360 .he built my place in 6 months from start to finish and made sure the plans were approved and all.you could check out the building at www.piratevillas.com .if you have any questions feel free to contact me thru my web site....thanks jason
Posted By: julie babcock

Re: Home builder? - 05/31/11 03:59 PM

There are many reputable builders on the island. The San Pedro Town Board and the Ambergris Caye Building Authority maintain a list of those approved for construction projects. The list provides the names of builders, architects, electricians, plumbers, and engineers.

My advice: if you were to build where you currently live, would you be asking for advice on a message board? Would you rely on email responses from people who might or might not live in Belize? And by live in Belize, I mean live here not visit 5 times. Start by contacting the local building authority at the Town Board. Then contact the builders, architects etc and ask for references. Then go see those buildings and talk to the owners. Make your decision based on good information - not from the message board or the person sitting next to you at a wonderful local bar.


Posted By: Marty

Re: Home builder? - 05/31/11 04:11 PM

Well, for one reason, you get a lot of opinions on a message board that you will not get in the office of the town board. I am not saying to take the board as the final word, but to hint that it is useless and a waste of time is incorrect.

There is a lot of good information on this board. You seem to indicate good information is not obtainable from a message board or from chatting with folks. I disagree.
Posted By: champion

Re: Home builder? - 05/31/11 05:19 PM

I agree with Marty, past experiences do help others. Regardless if you live here or not. Its just more info to diseminate and use.
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Home builder? - 05/31/11 09:36 PM

Magda Martinez, he has built many homes and buildings on the island over the past 30+ years. Local guy who has always been local and has been able to provide his family a living for over 30 years doing construction.
Posted By: terrij

Re: Home builder? - 06/01/11 12:23 AM

Does anyone know if there are welders on the island?
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Home builder? - 06/01/11 01:00 AM

Yes there are a few. Try at FC's Aluminum - it's on the road across from Pinocchios.
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