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Rodrigo

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  1. You are right, Eleanor. That is why I mentioned the preservative made in Ochomogo, because it is supposed to be friendly with Nature. I can't write the factory name here because I don't want ARCR thinks it is advertising, but I do can say you can search it as "chemical factory ochomogo cartago" and the factory name starts with X. According to the info they provide, once the chemical is applied to the wood, there is no risk for people or the environment because the chemical won't leave the treated material. You can ask them for any certification about it.
  2. Hi there. If you want your house made all in wood, your architect and your builder must apply a preservative to the material. It is against bugs, termites too, and antifungal. The method is very important. There are chemicals that you can apply by submerging the wood during at least several minutes in a container with the chemical diluted in water. Just painting the wood with the product could be not good enough. You can find the chemicals in the hardware stores depending on the factory and the supplier (a very reliable factory is located in Ochomogo, Cartago). I think it is the best way to prevent the most of the problems.
  3. Magnífico, Lucybelle y Epicatt, gracias por contribuir con sus opiniones y sugerencias. Te agradezco mucho, Epicatt, voy a probar "French in Action", Espero ser tan hábil utilizando el francés como tú lo haces con el español. ¡ Excelente progreso ! ¡ Hasta pronto !
  4. Para todos quiénes aprendemos otra lengua, diferente a la materna, el principal problema es no tener con quién practicar. Todos necesitamos oír, leer y repetir las frases más importantes, según el uso diario, para poder imitarlas correctamente, recordarlas cuando las necesitamos y poder construir nuestras propias expresiones. Si a tu alrededor no hay hablantes de esa lengua, o por tus ocupaciones no tienes posibilidad de conversar un buen rato con uno de ellos, lo otro es internet. Hay muchos cursos, videos, páginas, pero estas opciones implican sentarse un buen tiempo frente a la pantalla y no siempre es posible. Sin ser un misterio, con el mundo de los teléfonos inteligentes, las nuevas y variadas opciones incluyen las aplicaciones, las cuales pueden llenar esa necesidad de práctica. Lo que he encontrado malo, en varios casos, es que muchas son algo complicadas o confusas de usar, y eso desanima al usuario. Quiero nombrar unas cuantas, que personalmente, para tratar de mantener y mejorar mi inglés, y también para aprender francés, me han ayudado mucho y veo realmente provechosas. Las recomendables, según yo, son Duolingo, Mosalingua y 50 Languages. Puedes probar una o varias. Mi preferida es Duolingo. Su estructura permite varias cosas: escuchar, escribir y hablar en voz alta palabras y frases, progresando en niveles, y luego, para mantener tu nivel y mejorarlo, hay que repetir ejercicios de niveles anteriores, todo lo cual te hace practicar suficiente como para entender y hablar, y claro, escribir, en ese idioma, en este caso, para mejorar el Español. Cada práctica diaria toma de cinco a quince minutos, dependiendo de tu compromiso personal e interés por avanzar. Creo que quince minutos es un plazo razonable durante el día, que no te distrae mucho de tus actividades y negocios. Además, puede ser divertido. ¿Tienes alguna otra sugerencia? Porque con este mundo tecnológico en cambio constante, no dudo que cada vez existirán más alternativas y probablemente mucho más útiles. Te dejo la inquietud. Prueba una y me cuentas. Saludos.
  5. Hi there. The official fees according to CFIA (Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos de Costa RIca or Association of Engineers and Architects) are in total 10.5%, minimum, over the investment for building, including additions, but It is the usual percentage my clients and I agree about the work to do. I have to clarify that for renovations the fees are 50% more, according to CFIA. It includes the preliminary studies (a soil test, technical and legal viability depending on the nowadays regulations and laws, etc), the pre-design from the client`s ideas and needs, making the first architectural sketches from that to preper the final design or blueprints (the architecture, the structure, the plumbing and the electricity systems for the project), then, going for CFIA approval and the local municipalities permits. It is also included the technical supervision, once a week during the building time until it project is done, ready to be used. Besides of that 10.5%, you have to pay separately round 0.5% to CFIA for the approval plus 1% to the municipality for the permits. So, in total, you would pay around 12% for the these services and taxes. As another friend says, the good part is we, as registered members of CFIA, can report the average price for the project, which could be less than the final investment for real, so, you, as the onwer, would pay something less at the end. Once you have the blueprints done, you can ask for bids to differents builders, and, if the professional himself builds your project as well, which is the usual in my case with my customers, we, as the professionals, are allowed to offer a discount about these services to the clients because we are doing everything as a package. Ask your engineer or architect about it and I am pretty sure he or she would give you a fair price, as I usually do. I hope this extra info is good to make decisions for getting a nice and affordable project. Suerte y hasta pronto.
  6. Veo que este artículo es algo viejo, pero creo conveniente hacer un comentario al respecto. En años pasados, con el fin de evitar pagar impuestos de traspaso de propiedades, se acostumbró adquirir las acciones de sociedades solamente, de manera que indirectamente se pasaba a ser dueño de los inmuebles y bienes inscritos como de la sociedad correspondiente. Esto puede haber cambiado suceptiblemente, si se considera que desde hace 3 años las sociedades deben pagar el impuesto así llamado de sociedades, lo que implica un pago anual de alrededor de 200 mil colones (400 dólares), por lo que se debe evaluar entre sí adquirir el bien a titulo personal, con lo que solo pagaría el impuesto territorial anualmente o adquirir las acciones de la sociedad, con lo que se pagarían dos impuestos, el de la sociedad y el del inmueble, cada año. Entiendo que ahora es posible comprar incluso el 100% de las acciones (en el pasado era un requisito que un costarricense fuera parte de la sociedad con al menos un 50% de dichas acciones). Las únicas ventajas que veo ahora en eso son que la transferencia es más fácil a los herederos, pues heredan la propiedad, pero igual tienen que asumir todos los impuestos, y la otra es que, en caso de demandas legales, una sociedad está menos expuesta a que se embarguen sus propiedades que una persona física. En todo caso, un abogado puede dar más y mejor información para la toma de decisiones.
  7. Perhaps we, as ticos, would like to show our skills in English because we want to have a nice relationship with newcomers. I guess the most of the times we want to help and be polite just because is our nature, but I think you are right, guys, expressing your desire to lead the conversation in Spanish is the best way to learn, to practice and to get involved in our local culture. At the end it is just a matter of human relationship, isn´t it? The differences among cultural frames are not huge, I mean, the most of us like a nice weather, nice landscapes, tasty tropical food, including exquisite fruits, people to talk to and to share with, and this country, beyond our difficulties and defects, is a pretty good place to enjoy life. I suggest you to be honest and tell those people you are meeting that you would like to improve your Spanish skills. So, tell them: "Por favor, permitame tratar de hablar su lindo idioma. Es muy importante para mí. Corrijame para mejorar. Muchas gracias". Homework: look for the appropriate meaning of the sentence and practice it a lot.
  8. I do have experience with the septic tanks in the link. Indeed, the supplier calls it "fosa biológica". This kind of tank is mandatory for some municipality, like Coronado. The cost is around a 50% of the regular concrete blocks septic tank we usually design and build. Then, it is right, it depends of the kind of soil to decide about the drainages. For a very average soil, 24 meters long drainages should be good enough for a house where 6 people are living. Nevertheless, the ideal procedure would be asking for soil test, in order to know the capability of the stratums to hold the weight of buildings and its capability to absorb the residual waters from the tank. There is also a manual procedure to measure how fast the waters would go through and then calculating the proper length of the drainages in a field. You can find it in the website of Colegio Federado de Ingenieros de Costa Rica (CFIA); its name is "prueba de infiltración" (it is just in Spanish, sorry). It is a technical procedure to do on the land with formulas for calculating the results and maybe someone would like to try it.
  9. I can see all the suggestions here are very wise. I would add that you should decide, first, what your investment would be and, according to this, you can decide about what level you would finish the house in order to be able to afford it and still living with mínimum comfort. As costaricafinca said, pay attention to the conditions in the property where you are planning to build. A soil test would be ideal. For instance, a client me asked to check a lot he would like to buy and according to the soil test, the first 6 feet were soft soil (clayey silt soil), so there would be necessary to build a rigid concrete slab as foundations or building concrete stakes to hold the house`s weight, in short, there were extra expenses, not included in his budget, to pay, even considering a stock house design. An engineering solutions should be make to have unexpensive costs it possible. Many other factors should be taken into account: pluvial drainages, septic tank and its drainages location in the lot, the property`s slope, etc. Is it so complicated? I should say your investment and your mind peace deserve studying those details, specially if you are at the very beginning, specially if you are considering to buy the land first. Buena suerte en tu decisión.
  10. Hi there. Just adding a brief info, I guess you are talking about housing building permits. If we were talking about other kinds of projects, you should consider extra requirements, for instance for condos, apartments, offices´ building, restaurants. But talking about housing projects, since some time ago, there is a unified simpler process before CFIA (Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica, that is the architectural and engineering bureau in the country). In the old times, you had to go even to INVU, the housing institution, then to CFIA, then to the Ministerio the Salud (the bureau in charge of health), and finally to the local municipality. Now, your architect or engineer presents the design (the blueprints) directly to CFIA; there, all the institutions involved check the design and give the approval, so you can go the the local municipality to get the building permits. This process, that now is digital too (sending the blueprints by email), is saving a lot of time. You have to pay the professional´s fees, plus around 0.3% for CFIA´s approval and 1% for the municipality permits, according to the general investment for the work. But be careful in deciding how big your house would be, because if it is more than 300 square meters (3230 square feet), the municipality could ask for SETENA (the national environmental department)´s approval, that is an extra cost and could take from one more to a half year or more, according to the project´s complexity. For instance, in one client´s case in Guanacaste, whose house was a 4000 sf residence, it took two months to get that approval and he had to pay 1200 USD more, but he wanted his house that large. So, I suggest to discuss with your architect or engineer about your needs and if it is necessary or not to get more than 3230 sf for the total area, in order to save time and money. Buena suerte con sus trámites al respecto.
  11. It is a pleasure assisting about designing and building projects and related

  12. It is a pleasure helping about designing and building projects and related

  13. It is a pleasure helping about stuff regarding design and building projects and related

  14. It is a pleasure to help about stuff regarding design and building projects and related

  15. It is a pleause to help about stuff regarding design and building projects and related

  16. Que tal Christine y Geoff ? Es un placer saludarlos con este mensaje y me alegra que les agrade tanto Costa Rica. Muy bien tu esfuerzo por comunicarte en Español. Todo lo que has escrito es perfectamente comprensible. Te anoto un par de observaciones, con el fin de que tu manejo del idioma sea todavía más efectivo. En primer lugar, es mejor usar la palabra "presentación" en vez de "introducción", pues en una conservación diaria, sea aquí en CR o en otro país de habla castellana, así se dice que quieres "presentar" a una persona. Obviamente estabas usando una traducción directa de "introduce", pero "introducir" se emplea más para indicar que se coloca algo dentro de otra cosa (to put in or inside). Por otra parte, cuando hablas de prefieren vivir cerca del mar, por la afición de ustedes a surfear, es más correcto decir "ir a la playa desde el Valle Central nos tomaría demasiado tiempo". Por lo demás, mis felicitaciones por tu manejo del idioma. Vas por excelente camino y no dudo que, con la práctica diaria, hablaras fluidamente y aprenderás esos pequeños trucos que cada lenguaje tiene según el país donde vayas. Muy buena suerte por la mudanza en agosto y que todo se les de positivamente para obtener la residencia. Te recomiendo averiguar previamente con la Asociación todos los requisitos para que no pasen por un proceso complicado. Hasta la vista y a seguir adelante.
  17. Hola Vanesa. Un gusto saber que volvés a tu tierra a disfrutarla el resto de tu vida. Hay buenos esfuerzos por recuperar tradiciones y actitudes de otros tiempos, destacándose, me parece, la Municipalidad de San José, con las actividades culturales de los fines de semana. Otras iniciativas también se dan, como en el caso de Alajuela, en otras cabeceras de provincia. En el caso de Heredia, visitar el Museo de Cultura Popular, en Barva, auspiciado por la Universidad Nacional, es un buen momento para volver a recordar los trompos, cromos, rayuela, y sin fin de juegos, más comidas tradiconales, plantas medicinales, arquitectura a base de adobes, y mucho más. Por cierto que también las actividades de los festivales, tanto el Nacional de las Artes, como el Internacional de las Artes, que se hacen cada dos años, han movido corazones a compartir como comunidad. En el último cantamos con autores nacionales, pero también volvimos a soñar con un Serrat, o abrazamos a una Katia Cardenal, o nos movimos con un poeta cantautor como León Gieco. Espero disfrutés el regreso, tanto como tu esposo conocer a fondo esta cultura latina. Un abrazo y suerte.
  18. Hello there, Undecided. As many friends here have said before, you should do more research about the legal situation of the property. So, Paul said something very important: legal advice is required. Specially if you were told that the Municipality would take the land. I know if you don´t pay the Muni´s taxes, you could lose the property, after a legal procedure before the court, or you could get a fine is the land is in bad conditions, talking about risks for the community´s health, but losing because a project is not built in the properly, it is new to me. For instance, my neighbour bought his lot at the same time than me, in 1989, and it is still empty. Then, as I commented in a different topic, asking for the land use of the property is one of the first requirements before thinking about building. Finally,there are a lot of topics in the forums about costs involved nowadays in housing projects, according to the kind of construction but specially to the finishing you expect. In any case, I don´t recommend to make decisions about any investment too fast. It could be a pain in the neck if you don´t pay attention to it.
  19. As a professional appraiser, I can say there are well known good techniques to get a realistic value about a real estate. For buildings, using Ross-Heidecke method, which considers depreciating a construction from its brand new cost (if you build it today) according to age and condition or maintenance. For land, Ministerio de Hacienda has done studies about nowadays average market´s prices according to location. Then, using factors, I usually adjust the reference´s value and the info I collect about the property´s location, to consider amenities and servicies, land´s shape, slope, threats, etc. that could affect the value. These methods are relevant to get a logical and realistic price that could guide the owner or the buyer to make decisions for selling, buying, insurances purposes, etc. Otherwise, using a free criterion, you could put a crazy value to the property. If you overvalue it, and you are selling the property, your sale could be stuck forever, or if you are buying, you could lose money if you sell it again. If the value is low, you could also lose money while selling your real estate. So, it is a good idea to ask for a technical study. That way you could decide about the property for getting something fair in any case you need it.
  20. Here in Costa Rica, members of CFIA (the Costa Rican Association of Engineers and Architects), it is the registered civil engineers and architects, we are qualified to appraise properties, and we are legally allowed and recognized for that purpose. Some of them have more experience than other. In my personal case, I used to do appraisals for banks and other institutions (Banco Popular and INS) for 10 years and then I have been doing that job regularly as part of my services, Ask a professional in these fields (civil engineering and architecture), one you trust, about that kind of work. Suerte con todo.
  21. Hi tbeck, as Terry has said, there are many factors about the price per square foot for building in CR. In other topics in these forums, I have mentioned some of them: a. The land´s conditions (if you have slopes, even a 30%, you could need retaining walls in certain places and any retaining wall is 7 times more expensive than a normal concrete block wall). You could also need drainages to prevent risks to the buildings. Also, you can take advantage of your sloped property is you study, with a professional´s advice, where you can build using for example piers and not retaining walls, etc. Fences are usually not taken into account, too. b. The kinds of rooms and spaces are very important. For instance, a covered corridor is less expensive that inside areas, but there is a common mistake thinking it is a 50% percent of a regular area, but the truth is that it is around a 75% percent because you have the roof and the floor, and columns around to hold the structure, so the materials en work force is still important in the cost. It is the same thing about the bathrooms; usually, the cost is 250% of a regular area, because you have, in a small room, smaller than other areas, several finishes, such tiles in walls and ceramics (toilet, bathtub, sinks) and maybe not cheap faucets. So, take into account the use of these areas and its quantity in order to expect the real cost of the whole thing. c. As Terry pointed, the details, specially about finishes, are very important. For instance, some floor tiles are more expensive than other, porcelanato´s cost is 2 or 3 times the regular tile´s price; using wood for ceilings is 4 times more expensive than gypsum, etc. d. Related to c., it is important to consider materials´prices, because the same product could be cheaper in one store than in other. Indeed, the most expensive part of this is materials, and a builer is not earning from them, just the manufacturers and suppliers. For that reason, I usually provide services using an administration method, because that way, even I am applying all my professional skills, the client is able to check where and how I am expending the money and can decide, with my direction, if he or she wants to expend in certain products for the project. Considering these points, I can comment that an average cost for buiding is around 72 USD per square foot. This is according to the last bid I prepared for customer about his house in San Jose, with basic good finishes. Only the garage was considered with no finishes at all. You should ask your designer (engineer or architect) to explain you all the details involved about cost according to the design you want from him. That way, you would know what to expect and if you can affort it. I hope this info could help. Hasta pronto.
  22. Hola amigas. Que bueno que están motivadas en usar el foro en español. En realidad, en otros lugares de los foros, en inglés, se ha comentado bastante sobre trucos para mejorar el uso de este nuevo idioma al venir a Costa Rica, y sé que mucha gente está haciendo un esfuerzo importante por manejarlo, pero claro, eso depende de las habilidades particulares. Sin embargo, practicar y practicar es uns herramienta valiosisima. Al menos para escribirlo, pues así se pueden, no solo comunicar por vía electrónica, sino también manejar una serie de información en la calle y en documentos en su diario vivir (supermercados, bancos, hoteles, periódicos, etc). Pues, las felicito por su esfuerzo. De hecho, puedo comentarles, siendo un hablante nativo del español, que no solo se defienden sino que, honestamente, escribieron prácticamente a la perfección sus redacciones en este espacio. Volviendo al tema, tal vez si ustedes motivan a otros conocidos a conversar sobre aspectos de interés aquí (residencia, consejos de viaje, consejos en general para comprar, alquilar y vivir en CR), otros tratarán de dar su opinión más frecuentemente. En todo caso, excelente su aporte. Un abrazo tico.
  23. Que tal Ozzieusmc ? Ya algunos amigos han aportado enlaces con información de centros educativos disponibles. Mi consejo es contactar con algunos de esos lugares, dependiendo sobre todo de ubicación y facilidades para moverse al centro respectivo, para solicitar los costos de estudio y además si son biligúes o no. Finalmente, de acuerdo con los centros más probables, pedir referencias, puede ser aquí mismo en el foro, de la confiabilidad de esos centros a fin de elegir, finalmente, el más adecuado. Mucha suerte en tu elección.
  24. Un saludo mi estimado Expat. Efectivamente, la observación en mi comentario es para los españoles que viven en Costa Rica, pues en vez o como alternativa a la residencia, sería la naturalización. En el caso de ellos, según entiendo, en vez de esperar muchos años (al parecer 10) para obtar por naturalización como ticos, podrían hacerlo en solo dos años. De esta forma, siendo ciudadanos costarricenses, pueden optar más fácilmente a todas las ventajas correspondientes, y al conservar también su nacionalidad española no renuncian a los privilegios que ya obtuvieron en su país, como pensiones o similares. Si algún otro amigo tiene información, como la que vos me brindás del caso de los ticos que pueden conservar su nacionalidad y obtar por otra a la vez, sería interesante exponerla, sea en español o inglés, para que los demás amigos de los foros lo revisen. En algún momento puede ser útil. Que la pasés muy bien.
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