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

24 Sep

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 for $2.99 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

But back to construction again.  When anything is built here of course electrical power is needed.  So the municipality comes to the construction site and installs an electric meter, the contractor hooks up and he pays for the usage as construction progresses.

When he says he’s done it is then the responsibility of the property owner to go through the process necessary to convert from “provisional” to “permanent” service.

No one told me this until in February when I began having strange electrical things happen and asked the electrician, Macho, to analyze the problem.  Macho said “oh, you need to change from provisional to permanent”.

I don’t know much about electrical stuff but apparently because all the power was going through the one provisional meter instead of the four meters that had not yet been installed (one for the upstairs and one for each of the three apartments downstairs), that was the root of the problem.  I asked what needed to be done.  He said I needed to take some document, from the electrical engineer that the architect had used, to the municipality to get permission to change over.

Uh oh, that meant hoping the flake… err… architect would comply with a request for the document.   It took a little over a month but I finally got it.  I took it to the municipality, paid the fee for the change, got the receipt, asked if there was anything more I needed to do, was told “no” and so went away thinking the change would occur.  Of course it never did.  Oh, and by the way, one of the advantages of having permanent instead of provisional is that your bill goes down, which would be nice.

I would ask Macho at every opportunity to come make the change.  Finally he says to me that first the municipality has to come and inspect in order to give Macho permission to do the work.  Macho says he’ll contact the municipality and take care of everything.   Of course he never did.


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