Frequently Asked Questions

How easy is it to buy land on the Costa del Sol?

It is possible to purchase a plot of land (parcela) in Andalusia, have an architect design the house of your dreams and have a local construction firm build it for you. While this may be an attractive option on paper, please be aware that Spanish building laws and regulations as well as local business customs are often difficult to follow.

Do be prepared to work closely with local architects, lawyers, town hall officials and building experts to make sure your project is a success. Take great care to research the land you are thinking of buying to ensure it has been approved for building, and that the plot is large enough for the build and of suitable terrain. It is highly recommended that you consult a local surveyor or architect and obtain written confirmation from the local town hall before you proceed with the purchase.

How much does it cost to build my own villa in Spain?

When calculating the cost of building a villa in Spain, you should budget for:

  • Land purchasing costs including taxes, legal and other fees
  • Building licence, habitation licence and local taxes
  • Bank loan or mortgage charges
  • Architect and project manager fees
  • Building costs
  • Utility connection charges

You should expect the cost of the plot and the build itself to take up 80-90% of your overall budget. The cost of land varies considerably depending on where you wish to buy and the general economic and political climate at the point of purchase. Accurate figures are difficult to obtain but can be in the region of €30-300 per square metre. Building costs also vary widely and can be anything from €300-1,500 per square metre in resort areas, depending on quality and location.

Where are the best places to buy a home on the Costa del Sol?

The Spanish Sunshine Coast stretches for 100 miles from Gibraltar in the west all the way to Nerja in the east. Thanks to a combination of the beautiful seaside locations, including many hillside properties with spectacular views, and the wonderful Mediterranean climate, the Costa del Sol has consistently remained a hugely popular area for property buyers from Britain and elsewhere.

The area offers a wealth of cosmopolitan resorts with access to an excellent choice of sandy beaches, golf courses, marinas and leisure amenities. Property here caters for all lifestyles and budgets, from affordable apartments and family homes in Torremolinos and Fuengirola to exclusive villas in upmarket resorts such as Marbella, Puerto Banus and Estepona, and luxury hillside villas for the rich and famous.

Promas Building operates across the entire Costa del Sol, including the resorts of Benahavis and Fuengirola, Elviria, Marbella and Puerto Banus.

How about making home improvements to my Spanish home?

If you have found the perfect location for your holiday villa but the house itself needs some renovation work, ProMas Building should be your first port of call. Sometimes, smaller refurbishments such as a new kitchen or bathroom may be all that’s needed. Sometimes, the entire villa needs to be upgraded to the standard you require to give you the lifestyle you are after.

At ProMas, we have successfully completed numerous apartment renovations and villa reform projects of all sizes. Take a look at our Case Studies of properties on the Costa del Sol as well as the images in our Gallery to see what we can offer.

What type of permission do I need to refurbish my Spanish property?

Any proposed building works require a licence to be obtained from the local town hall. There are 2 types of building licences: major works (obra mayor) or minor works (obra menor). For major works including new builds, it is a requirement that you have a professionally qualified architect to prepare and oversee the building projects. Minor works permits, on the other hand, can simply be issued for a small fee.

At Promas, we have formed strong relationships with a number of architects and interior designers, and we can assist with licence applications where needed.

Why should I choose ProMas Building?

We are a professional firm of English builders in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Our experienced and reliable team boasts over 20 years of industry experience gained both in the UK and in Spain. We specialise in the design, construction and total refurbishment projects for your holiday villa or apartment in Marbella & the Costa del Sol.

Whether you are looking for reliable and competent builders to redesign your kitchen or bathroom, add an extension, roof terrace or pool, or build your dream home from scratch, ProMas cover all aspects of interior and exterior design and build.

Antonio Rubio
Antonio Rubio
19/05/2023
Buenísimo
Catherine Catto
Catherine Catto
12/08/2022
There are not enough superlatives to describe how delighted I have been from start to finish in the work carried out by Promas and in all my dealings with them. They are in a league of their own as far as professionalism and integrity is concerned. Their standards are of the very highest and their work is exceptional. Andy leads by example and has treated our project as if it were on his own home. We have had many challenges which have been the legacy of previous inferior workmen. But Andy’s team have displayed huge commitment, resourcefulness, initiative and skill. They have turned a disaster zone into an outdoor leisure place of functionality and beauty. And all in record time and with complete attention to details and workmanship. I cannot recommend this company highly enough and would happily answer any questions if you need further clarification on any aspect of their work. They could not be beaten but don’t tell everyone as I won’t be using anyone else for future work so need them to have time to fit me in!
Anca Ursu
Anca Ursu
05/08/2022
La mejor compañía de construcción y design en la Costa del sol . Andy es un expero con muchos años de experiencia y un equipo muy bueno para convertir su proyecto en un lugar de enseño.
Yuri H
Yuri H
25/07/2022
As an investor in real estate I had chosen Promas as the main contractor for a big renovation project of a Villa in Elviria and I am very happy to have made that decision. Andy and his team are really professionals. You can clearly see that Andy is fully involved in the project, has loads of experience and passing by almost every day to make sure all is going according to plan. Aside that, which I think within construction is unique, he never told me no or that’s not possible or no we can’t change the plans. Instead each time I requested a change of plans we easily found solutions to make it happen. So Promas thinks in your benefit, not in theirs. Finally and probably most important is that Promas finish the project completely, instead of running to the next project and leaving with some loose ends. So if you are looking for a construction company I can assure you that you won’t regret choosing for Promas. Thanks again Andy and the team!
Mike Knivett
Mike Knivett
22/06/2022
So impressed with the service and quality of workmanship from Andy and his team at Promas. I got various quotes for the construction work at my villa near Marbella but by far away Andy was the most professional. Very pleased with the result of the work and I would happily recommend them to anyone on the coast.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
21/06/2022
5 Star Company you can Definitely Trust Excellent Modern Company with Good Old fashioned Values (Definitely Hard To Find) They totally transformed our outside area. Nothing was to much trouble for Andy and his team they where a pleasure to work with, From start to finish all the work went as planned. Andy is very passionate about his company’s work and oversees everything personally to make sure everything runs smoothly. We will definitely be using Promas for all our future projects inside the house.
Álvaro Jiménez Camino
Álvaro Jiménez Camino
11/12/2020
Promas are a great building company. They are honest hardworking people and do an excellent job on all the homes I've seen, and on time and on budget. They also do fantastic interior designs and 3d models. Highly recommended!
martin kibler
martin kibler
12/11/2020
We had the pleasure of using Promas Construction to totally remodel our 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom apartment in Reserva Alcuzcuz. We found Andy Promas and his team to be excellent and responsive. We set them a tight timetable for the work it was vitally important to us that they delivered, both on time and on budget. They passed this fundamental test with flying colours We were always kept informed of progress via a weekly video which was very reassuring. Andy really cares about his clients and his reputation. He deserves to be highly respected amongst his peers! The end result is excellent and much envied by friends and neighbours.
Graeme Glass
Graeme Glass
01/11/2020
Promas building provided an absolutely outstanding service from beginning to end. The communication was exceptional throughout the project and they were responsive to changes in the planning and execution of the work. All design, building, electrical, plumbing and tiling work was done on time and to a high standard and I am delighted with the results. Most importantly, they seem to have a genuine passion for what they do and go to quite extraordinary lengths to ensure they exceed the clients expectations. I could not recommend them highly enough.
joanne bayliss
joanne bayliss
23/10/2020
I have used Promas to do two large remodelling projects. Both time I have found the service professional and the end result is always of a very high standard. Andy is always quick to respond and I would not hesitate in recommending Promas for any building project big or small.

What should I do next?

If you are considering a building project or development on the Costa del Sol, we would be delighted to advise you. For an informal chat to discuss your requirements, give us a call at +34 951 497 619 or send us an online enquiry. We look forward to hearing from you.

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