Refurbishing your home in Pollensa

Everything you need to know about refurbishing your home in Pollensa

Refurbishing your home in Pollensa

Rebuilding, Renovating and Refurbishing your Dream Home in Pollensa

Refurbishing your home in Pollensa can be an exciting project and if you do it carefully, it can be a highly lucrative one too.

Your money will go a lot further in Mallorca, and the home you reform will be a much closer to your dream home in Pollensa.

You also have holidays lined up on a Mediterranean island for the rest of your life.

Understanding Planning Regulations and Getting Building Permits for Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa?

Is your new home in Pollensa listed as Urban or Rustic?

If the home you are interested in buying in Pollensa is in the Urban zone, you can generally assume you can build on it and certainly refurbish, if it is in a Rustic Zone however, you may not be able to build at all and refurbishing your home in Pollensa will require a special license.

For renovating property in rustic areas in Pollensa you will need regional and local authority approval. Because regulations are always changing, before buying and refurbishing your home in Pollensa, get an architect to draw up an up to date, formal assessment of the situation. 

What Permits do you Need - Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa

The permits you will need for refurbishing your home in Pollensa are categorised as Obra Mayor and Obra Menor.

Obra Mayor Licenses are required for new and large building projects, and Obra Menor are needed for more simple refurbishing work.

Both of these permits are issued by the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) and calculated as a percentage of the final (estimated) construction fee plus the difference based on the actual cost.)

How large is the Property you want to Refurbish in Pollensa?

Another important factor is size.

How much land is the property sitting on?

You will have to register with the Environmental Protection Authority to assess exactly how the property size will be affecting how much refurbishing can be done on your new home in Pollensa. 

How to Choose your Architect - Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa 

Rule number one: Choose a charming one.

Your architect's character will be an essential quality in all your meetings with local and regional planning officers and you will be needing his or her help for refurbishing your home in Pollensa, so choose someone with experience in this area, a good working knowledge of regulations and if you don't speak Spanish or Catalna, choose someone who speaks fluent English.

Refurbishing your home in Pollensa is an exciting project but costs can escalate if you are careless.

Before you start refurbishing your home in Pollensa, clarify what kind of quote you have been given; a fixed price quote or an estimate, which can get expensive if the refurbishing project carries on for longer than planned. And it usually does!. 

Get a quote and contract for every step of the refurbishing process and ensure that your new home in Pollensa is a viable investment and a clever thing to do.

Mains Services - Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa

Your architect will carry out all the research and confirm which services are available to your new home in Pollensa (mains water, electricity, sewage).

This is called a Dictamen, a formal statement by the architect which specifies what can and cannot be done on the property, how much refurbishing you will be permitted to do on your home in Pollensa and what services are available.

The architect's statement will have important implications to the costs and design of refurbishing your home in Pollensa.

You need this to confirm whether you have mains services and if you don't, you will want to know if you are going to be able to connect to them.

Calculating Costs for Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa

Doing the V – C – T calculation.

Before buying and refurbishing your home in Pollensa, calculate:  value minus costs minus time.

This is called the residual valuation and it will help you work out how much you should be paying for buying and refurbishing your home in Pollensa.

Don't listen to other people and their calculations on this much per square metre etc, because their estimates can be misleading.

Instead, make detailed calculations according to the specific property you are planning to refurbish. 

Cost vary between one refurbishment project to another!

Calculate costs for site preparation, professional fees, structural systems, quality of finishes and design, beacuse they can all have significantly varying costs.

Your best option is to discuss this in detail with your architect beforehand and remember your suppliers will most probably be under quoting in order to secure the deal.

Include possible structural issues and landscaping on the site of your new home in Pollensa, because the value of speed in keeping labour and running costs down is huge and no real quote can be made until after the design process has been completed.

How Much to Refurbish - Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa

A refurbishment project on a home in Pollensa can range hugely between a few licks of paint and an entire structural change.

Deciding how much of your home to refurbish will depend on costs, regulations and your own personal idea of what you want to do with the property.

Your architect and head builder will be able to tell you how much of the property can be saved and how much needs to be refurbished. 

Get a structural survey.

Investing in Property and Refurbishing your Home in Pollensa

Home Energy Efficiency Certificates

In line with other European countries, home owners in Pollensa are required to have energy efficiency certificates if they are building a new property and before they sell or rent their home.

The certificate provides information on the energy characteristics of the property, rating from A to G, whereby A is the most energy efficient and G is the least.

You can apply for the certificate online via the official governmental page.

The form will ask you for basic information on the owner, the property and location.

An onsite audit is carried out by a technician.

The technician will then calculate the property's energy efficiency via an authorised computer software system which will use the property with a grade from A to G along with recommendations for improvements.

It is registered by the property owner at the Autonomous Community Administration Offices (Dirección General de Industria y Energia)

It is certainly worth taking this into account when refurbishing your home in Pollensa; Insulation, under floor heating and plenty of inside-outside spaces add comfort to your property and thus add value to your home in Pollensa.