Tico construction is very different from US built homes
Costa Rica Home Inspector Tom Rosenberger loves to joke about the way Costa Ricans build their homes. In Tico construction, builders sometimes forget about logic. Or at least what is logical to us foreigners.
Tom gives us some insight into a different mindset by giving us 16 sarcastic cost-cutting secrets for building in Costa Rica.
Once in a while, we try to publish something that will help on understanding that Tico construction is done on a different code than you are used to. Just like you will find different building codes in California, New York or Florida.
This is mainly because of different geological, geographical, and weather situations in each location. In Costa Rica, we also have to manage the cultural differences on top of that. Because we live in a tropical climate and we have earthquakes here.
Home inspector Tom Rosenberger came up with some very logical and funny solutions to some very typical Tico construction problems.
Don’t need it
Below are few amenities that I used to have in the real world that I no longer need in Tico construction. I’m now saving a bundle. Here are a few of my Tico construction cost-cutting secrets.
16 amenities that I don’t need, so why pay for them:
1. Weather stripping on doors & windows when the weather’s usually nice.
2. Extra rows of blocks to make ceilings higher than 6″ when most of my friends and neighbors are short.
3. To finish the inside of cabinets when I hardly ever see them.
4. Large closets when I only have very little clothing.
5. Large countertops when I only have a few appliances.
6. For contiguous roofing, fascias & soffit materials that keep moisture out when cheaper products with grooves and cracks allow the wind inside to keep everything dry.
7. Big gutters and downspouts when the rainwater’s good for the plants growing under the eaves of my house.
8. Insulation in walls, ceilings, and attics when I live less than 10 degrees from the equator.
9. Drains with U traps and vent pipes for my toilet when my windows are usually open and allow the black water gasses to escape.
10. A lot of electrical outlets when extension cords can connect my appliances.
11. A third electric wire to all outlets when my electronics are old and worthless.
12. Screens on my windows when the mosquitoes only bite at dusk and dawn.
13. Long plumbing pipes when my shower head can be adjusted to spray up.
14. A second hot water tube when a cold shower gets me just as clean.
15. A garbage disposal when the waste can flow into my septic tank.
16. Wider toilet drains that slope down when I can put toilet paper in a wastebasket.
When you buy Costa Rica real estate, you should hire a home inspector who understands Tico construction and Gringo construction because now you know what to expect when you plan to buy a home in Costa Rica. It depends on the price tag of the home that you are buying, but for sure you will find quite a few of these issues on your home inspection report.
Therefore, a home inspection should be on your list of post-closing issues when you buy a Costa Rica luxury home or a Costa Rica condo.
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