Category: Costa Rica Construction and Home Inspection

Request a home inspection before closing on a property

Request a home inspection before closing on a property

Estimated Reading Time: 7 Minutes Incredibly, local buyers often don’t request a home inspection before closing a property. When investing a lot of money in a home, why wouldn’t you spend an extra few bucks to ensure you’re not buying into a huge problem? Imagine that you have found this excellent bargain property in Costa…

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Why is a price-cutting trend rare in Costa Rica real estate?

Why is a price-cutting trend rare in Costa Rica real estate?

Estimated Reading Time: 7 Minutes Why is a price-cutting trend so rare in Costa Rica real estate? There are several reasons. In typical real estate markets, it’s a buyer’s market when the inventory is high, and it’s a seller’s market when the inventory is low, right? Well, the Costa Rican real estate market is not…

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9 Steps to Updating a Home in Costa Rica Without Renovating

9 Steps to Updating a Home in Costa Rica Without Renovating

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Is renovating in Costa Rica difficult, or is updating a lot easier? While housing is more affordable in our beautiful country, most foreigners who need to renovate a home have their own standards. But renovating a house is a much larger headache than just updating. You will be jumping through…

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Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes Did you know that Tico construction is very different from US-built homes? I’ve seen opinions from expats who think they know but don’t. We DO have construction codes here in Costa Rica, BUT they’re only a bit different. If you don’t believe that, check out the INVU construction regulations. And…

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5 Reasons to Hire the Architect Before Buying the Building Lot

Estimated Reading Time: 11 Minutes Why should you hire the architect and begin the planning process before buying the building lot?  The vast majority of our customers don’t even talk to an architect until they want to start building the house. Hiring an architect before buying the building lot they fell in love with is…

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7 Reasons for using tempered double-glazed glass in your windows

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Although it’s more expensive, learn now why tempered double-glazed glass in your home in Costa Rica is a good idea. Have you ever thought of getting double-glazed glass windows from double glazing Bristol and enjoying the benefits that come with them? I never even thought about using it in my house until…

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Why upgrading the kitchen now and then is such a great idea

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Homeowners in Costa Rica almost never think of upgrading their kitchen. They usually stay their whole life in the same home. Maybe they give it a new coat of paint now and then. If that! In many other countries, homeowners seem to outgrow their homes a lot quicker. Some do…

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Is a Condo Inspection just like a Home Inspection?

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Are you buying a condo in Costa Rica and you don’t know how a condo inspection should work? Obviously, buying a condo is different from buying a single-family dwelling for many reasons.  In Costa Rica, real estate is sold “as is”. Therefore, a home inspection is nothing more than a…

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6 Promises by Residential real estate developers that should worry buyers

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes Residential real estate developers and builders in Costa Rica make promises quite easily.  That’s because promises are easily made, as long as the sale is made, right! A buyer often cannot even start to imagine how difficult those promises are to fulfill. Especially in a buyer’s market, when you will…

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Real Estate FAQ | River setbacks in Costa Rica are unbuildable

River setbacks are restricted areas of property surrounding the rivers and creeks in Costa Rica. The law strictly prohibits to build any roads or structures on river setbacks. Prohibited also are excavation, alteration, improvement, grading, landfill, paving, and storage. INVU controls the river setbacks, so they can protect the riverbeds against destruction. Looking to purchase…

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A unique Escazu condo home inspection

Should the common areas of condominiums and gated communities be inspected? This story about an Escazu condo home inspection is a perfect example so you can learn the answer to this question. In Costa Rica, real estate developers build more and more condos and homes in gated communities. You probably will want to know how this…

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