If you’ve been visiting the same country on your summer holiday for the last ten years in the hope of one day emigrating and building a new life for your family, there’s a lot you’ll need to start thinking about.

Firstly, you need to be certain the country concerned allows people to migrate freely. If it doesn’t, there may be some pretty complicated stipulations for gaining citizenship, which could involve needing a degree, having lots of money in the bank or could even relate to your religious beliefs like we see in places like Israel.

So, the road ahead is certainly not going to be a simple one, but so long as you’ve done your research and gotten advice from people who know what they’re talking about, you should be fine.

Presuming you’ve successfully achieved this, your next step will be to find a suitable property for your family to inhabit.


In most instances, this is very straight forward, but if you really want to save the most money possible, it’s usually better to build your own, which is exactly the reason I’m sat here writing this article today.

Here’s a quick step by step guide for building your own home in a foreign country…

Understand The Law

No matter how much you want to avoid using them, it’s vital that you employ the services of an experienced solicitor before making any plans to build your new home.

Each country has different laws concerning foreigners undertaking construction projects, and you’ll need to make sure you stay within them.

Often, you simply have to pay a small tax to the local council, but in some countries the process is far more complex and could take a few years to navigate. Just make sure you’re prepared.

Finding Suitable Land


Whether you’re just after a small plot at the end of an established neighbourhood, or even if you fancy something more substantial like the plots on offer from the brook by byford land project, you’ll need to start visiting land sales and negotiate some kind of deal.

At the end of the day, as foreigners, people will expect you to pay top prices for everything.

You just need to keep your cool and get your haggling head on.

Employing An Architect & Builders

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Once you’ve found the land of your dreams and the seller has accepted your offer, you’ll need to get in touch with a reputable architect and have him draw up some plans.

When you’re satisfied with these, it’s time to call around all the local building crews and start getting quotes for both materials and labour costs.

Hopefully, you should be able to use each crews price as leverage against the next, which should ensure you don’t pay over the odds for their services.

If you get to this stage, you should be well on the way to building your dream home abroad.

Just remember not to rush things, especially a project this large because it’s possible you could make mistakes or overlook an expenditure that could bankrupt the entire operation.

Good luck with the task ahead!