This is a Building in Ghana checklist. You might want to follow this checklist guide to get started and complete your building construction project in Ghana.

We will continue to update and detail this post into a building construction checklist you can print and use in your projects in Ghana.

If you are in the building industry in Ghana You can comment to contribute any ideas or steps we may have omitted. Thank you

This is a home-building project checklist of questions to ask before you get started. It relates to the various stages of your home building journey: searching for the ideal plot, planning and design the house, and building the house.

Lets Go!

Stage 1 – Get The MONEY-That Builds!

First, get The Money That Builds. I’m talking 6 figures and possibly in dollars.

Because building in Ghana isn’t cheap. It’s no joke!

Did you know that building materials in Ghana increase in price by 50 percent every 6 months ?Check the facts with your local quantity survey (QS).

I don’t care how you get the money: Be it responsibly ,legally, morally or ethically or not. If you really want to realize your building project in Ghana get the money that builds in Ghana.

Stage 2 – Get Your Land

Finding the land and location

Doing Land Ownership search

Buying the land

  • Part Payment or Full Payment
  • Land documents-Indenture
  • Occupy land with materials

Protecting your land

  • Registering the land
  • Walling the land

Stage 3 – Get The Building Design

Where and How to Get Building Design

  • Premade Online plans (downloadable)
  • Custom Design by architect

Finding your Architect

  • Researching online
  • Referrals from friends and family

Working with your Architect

  • Briefing-Sharing Your dream idea
  • Site Visit with Architect
  • Design concepts/ Reviews
  • Full Set of Building Plans

Stage 4 – Organize full Set of Construction Documents

Construction Drawing Package

  • Architectural Drawings
  • Structural Engineering Drawings with report and calculations
  • Mechanical/Plumbing Drawings
  • Electrical Engineering Drawings

Other Documents

Fire Permit (From fire consultant from Ghana Fire Service
TIA-Traffic Impact Assessment Report From traffic Consultant
EPA -Environmental Protection Permit
Hydro Report From Hydro Consultant
Soil Test Report

Stage 5 – Get Your Building Permit

Building Permit In Ghana 101

  • What is a building permit?
  • Why You Need a Building Permit?
  • Where to get a Building Permit?
  • Cost of Building Permit in Ghana?

Full set of Documents you need

  • Architectural Drawings
  • Structural Engineering Drawings
  • Mechanical/Plumbing Drawings
  • Electrical Engineering Drawings
  • Fire Permit
  • TIA
  • EPA
  • Hydro
  • Soil Test Report

Stage 6 – Get The Preliminary Cost of Your Project

Ideally you should have decided your budget for building with your architect before the design stage.

This is good practice because it helps you to focus on getting a design that you can build quickly within your budget.

Unfortunately, many first-time builders do not develop a budget for building their homes in Ghana. Most people just go with a nebulous dreams only to get stuck with uncompleted structures that sit around for a long time.

You will need a quantity surveyor to give you a:

Preliminary cost

This is a general cost of the full construction without going into details. It is usually based on you total floor area.

Material schedule

This is basically a complete list and quantity of of all the various materials you will need for each stage of the project. However, it does not include the cost of the materials and its transportation to your site.

It does not also include the labor charges for working with them.

Complete Bill of Quantities

This a full document that clear shows you the:

  • Quantities of materials
  • Cost of transportation to your site
  • Labor charges for work to be done at each stage of the project

Stage 7 – Start Your Construction Project

Before Construction

  1. Review Project plan
  2. Review Work break down
  3. Site Preparations
  4. Organize first Materials
  5. Organize Equipment
  6. Organize workforce and labor
  • Foreman
  • Masons
  • Laborers
  • Carpenters
  • Steel benders
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians

During ConstructionStages Of Building in Ghana

1. Structural Stage

  • Foundation
  • Main Building
  • Roofing

2. Finishes Stage

  • Foundation
  • Main Building
  • Roofing

3. External Work Stage

  • Fence wall / Gatehouse
  • Plastering
  • Other Wall finishes- Painting, Stone / Graffito
  • Hard landscapes Paving
  • Soft landscapes (lawn/planting)
  • Exterior Lighting

After Construction

  • New Residential Construction Quality Checklist
  • General and deep cleaning of rooms and spaces
  • Ghana Water connection
  • ECG Power connection

General Advice

  • Protecting the site
  • Hiring and firing workers
  • Managing workers
  • Avoiding theft on site
  • Avoiding Material Waste
  • Delegating Tasks
  • Getting good site supervision
  • Tracking Construction Progress Demanding for Progress report
  • Removing construction waste properly

Stage 8 – Move in already

Stage 9 – Throw Your Thanks-Giving Party


This checklist will continue to grow in detail. You can help by Asking Specific Questions for any stage you may need help with.

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