As an expat and a realtor living in Mexico, I frequently receive questions related to the quality and durability of houses in Mexico. After all, it’s an investment that our customers would like to enjoy and cherish for years to come. Some typical concerns are: How do they compare in quality and durability to the developments back home? What problems would I face as a homeowner in Mexico and how much money would repairs cost me?
Here in Top Mexico Real Estate we work only with the best developers within the Riviera Maya real estate, looking to provide with top of the range quality in both materials and craftsmanship, so our clients are sure they are getting the best property and that repair costs are kept to the minimum.
You’ll be happy to know that most of the common problems an American or Canadian homeowner would experience at home won’t be an issue in your Mexican property, this is because most of the buildings in Mexico are built with rocks or blocks with concrete finishes, which are solid materials that is proven to last for centuries with minimal maintenance costs.
So I decided to make a chart to compare your typical home troubles compared to what you could expect in this regarding your property, whether you buy a finish product or decide to build your home in Mexico this shows how it will guaranteed a lifetime of savings in expensive repairs that need to be done every so often back home.
Take a look at compare
|USA / Canada||Mexico||Advantages
|Foundation problems||Slab/ crawl space||Reinforced concrete pillars on raised solid rock base.||Your property is built on top of the natural limestone, using local materials and techniques to make a raised base, to prevent moisture and creating a barrier for insects such as termites.|
|Roofing||Tiles, roofing systems||Insulated concrete slabs, or reinforced poured concrete.||Your roof won’t need expensive repairs or to be replaced, the only care it will need is to apply a coat of impermeable paint every few years to avoid leaks and moisture.|
|Other common issues||Mold, termites, rot.||Moisture, leaks, mold stains.||The most common problem you’ll have in your mexican home will be during the rain season. Most of the houses will get some moisture or mold stains. This is mostly a cosmetic issue that is also easy to fix with some sealing paint and some bleach to get rid of stains.|
|Pest control||Insects and other animals can easily get into your house, causing damage and bringing parasites and diseases into your home.||Proper care and cleaning will stop most insects from feeling at home in your place, but sometimes you’ll get a few bugs, mostly this tiny ant that seems to be everywhere. One call to the exterminators and this will be a problem from the past.||It is uncommon for termites and rodents to feed on concrete, they might be able to enter your house but it will be hard for them to cause major damage.|
|Rain, wind, fire, flooding, etc.||All of these can cause serious damage to a traditional wood/ sheetrock home.
Houses that have been affected by flooding might get mold and water damage that make it impossible for their owners to keep living in it.
|A good quality home will endure any of these events with minimal damage.
Mexican homes lack wood, insulation, wooden roofs, carpets and other materials that can catch fire, get mold or rot.
|Concrete is a very resistant material, hardly affected by rain or wind. After big hurricanes people often has to do repairs and cleaning but the buildings are still safe for their owners to live.|
The Yucatan Peninsula has a long architectural history, local contractors still use traditional techniques to make sure your home will be standing for centuries and willing to make any repairs or updates for a fraction of the price it would cost back home.
When you buy a property from Top Mexico Real Estate you are buying peace of mind and security for you and your family, now the hard part is picking the best property for you.