SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise

16 Nov

This is the continuation of a series of blogs to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers: Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

Chapter 6 My Contractor

MY CONTRACTOR

That’s the other word (see Attorneys) that conjures up about as wide a variety of feelings and definitions as most any other word I know. Another is “architect”.  I’ll start there.

In Ca. your architect is involved in the design and engineering, the builder builds it, the municipality sends out inspectors at various intervals and ultimately it’s finished.

C.R. has a very interesting system in regards to the construction industry.  By law, in order to get building permits, you must involve a registered architect.  In brief, here is how the system works.  The architect is also responsible for doing the engineering, submitting the plans to the local municipal authorities, paying the various fees, inspecting as the construction progress’s and signing off on each inspection and the completed project.

Now wait a minute… let me run that by again.  The architect engineers it and then inspects it and signs off on the inspection?  Isn’t that like asking the rat to guard the cheese?  I had to ask the question twice because I thought I heard wrong.  After I was assured that’s how it works I said “well what happens if the architect is less than ________ (you fill in the blank) and the place collapses?”  The answer?  This is equally incredulous.  (S)he could loose their license.  Well woopdydoo!

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