How Much Does It Cost to Build a House in Haiti – In-and-Outside of Port-au-Prince?

How Much Does It Cost to Build a House in Haiti - In-Out of Port-au-Prince

How much does it cost to build a house in Haiti (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms)? The cost of building a house is always dependent on the region or location. Additionally, the current cost of building materials and, of course, the size of the house in question.

For example, building a house in a place where building materials are readily available should be cheaper compared to far-flung places. Those that require long-distance transportation of building materials. Haiti is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The country’s annual per capita income averages US$450.

So how much does it cost to build a house in Haiti?

To build a house you will need land. Land in Haiti measured in centiemes (hundredth), and all that’s growing or structures on the piece of land is usually included in the pricing. These include timber, structures, and any other development on the land.

Other considerations included in the price are recording deeds, regulatory permits costs, mapping cost. And any other paperwork based on the state from where you purchase the land. But the first step is to know the cost of a centieme (129 square meters), and if you want the land to develop then consider knowing the actual value.

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how much does it cost to build a house in Haiti? Suburbs versus metropolitan areas

The current value of a 3-bedroom house all unsuited in Port-au-Prince suburbs like: Petionville, Delmas 75, Peguyville, Montagne Noire, Morn Brun, Vivy Mitchell, Belleville, Thomassin, Laboule, Fermathe, Kenscoff and its environs will cost anything between $240,000 and $600,000 USD.

The more densely populated areas: Delmas, Tabarre, La Plaine where security is less range from $80,000 to $150,000 USD. So, the cost of building a single-family home estimated between $80,000 and $110,000 USD. Popular tourist destinations such as: Jacmel, Cap-Haitian, Archaie etc are way cheaper Haiti’s capital; Port-au-Prince.

In many instances, it’s rare to find plot sizes that would fit duplexes. However, it’s possible to find large lot sizes outside the city where you can build a duplex, which costs approximately $1,000 – $5,000 per centieme (129 square meters). However, it’s all the three LLLs (location, location, location).

The additional costs will come in the form of your cost of living in Haiti as a visitor during construction. As a visitor, you should prepare to spend at least US$38 per day in Haiti. Which is the average price per day based on the cost of living. The price includes an average of US$6.00 and US$3.00 per day on meal and local transport, respectively.

Things to note before buying and building a house in Haiti

If you are a foreigner in Haiti, you must be aware that landholding limited to 1.29 hectares and 6.45 hectares in urban and rural areas, respectively. Also, note that owning property or building near a border prohibited for foreigners. However, you can bypass these restrictions if you establish a company/corporation with a corporate office in Haiti.


When ready to build a house in Haiti, you must prepare with all that you will need in terms of the cost of building. These will include the cost of land, building materials, professional services, cost of living during your visit, and any other additional cost.

The price of land may vary depending on the location. Buying land in the city is more expensive than in the rural areas. Lastly, you should establish a corporation with offices in Haiti if you want to bypass all the restrictions on foreign ownership of property.

If you’re a foreigner, we recommend you rent a house in Haiti before thinking about building. Read “How much does it cost to rent a house in Haiti” for more details.

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3 thoughts on “How Much Does It Cost to Build a House in Haiti – In-and-Outside of Port-au-Prince?”

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  • Patrick Volcy

    Trying to sell my lands in Leogan need help do you have a contact number I’m base in US?

    • Best Of Haiti Real Estate

      Hi Mr. Volcy, what is your US phone number so we can call you directly? In addition to English, do you speak Creole and/or French?


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