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    Ship? Cargo? Checked bags?

    The price that Charlie will give to you will include everything - taxes, delivery to your house, etc.

    Ship? Cargo? Checked bags?

    We paid for a 40 foot container and moved everything here. No regrets, either. We used Charlie Zeller and were happy with his services. But we know plenty of people who bought most of their stuff here. One couple that did that also returns to the States every 3 months and returns with loaded suitcases. They have no interest in becoming residents, even though they live here full time. I know a lot of those people, too. Sooo, I guess it depends on how attached you are to your stuff, how much you don't mind shopping for new stuff, etc. My husband and I didn't see the sense of getting rid of all of our things just to turn around and buy new things here. We had a house built and just didn't want to spend the time shopping for everything. You have to weigh the cost of the shipping versus what you think you will spend here, I suppose. We bought new appliances to bring with us. We didn't fill the container and probably could have gotten away with a 20 footer. You mentioned artwork. I bought a box of corrugated corners to put on all of my artwork, and then I cut out cardboard to fit over the glass. Added bubble wrap on top of that and put everything into heavy duty boxes. Nothing arrived broken, thank goodness. I only brought one large mirror, and I did the same with that. In fact, the only damaged item was a pewter bowl that got slightly bent.

    International movers

    Yes, in Alajuela.

    Empty Corporations

    Our lawyer told us that the corporation has to be dissolved in order to get rid of it. You can't just abandon it and hope it goes away. So we paid the money, she filed the paperwork at the National Registry, and, poof, it's dissolved.
  5. I forgot to mention the baby skunk in the yard. It was the cutest thing, but it made the most terrifying screeching noise I had ever heard. And then there was the armadillo, but he has moved onto the neighbor's yard.
  6. We've had 2 rattlesnakes on our porch in the past week. Yikes! At night I only let one dog out at a time so that I can keep tabs on them. I have no idea if our Ebais has any anti-venom, but I plan on finding out. Several months ago I saw what I think was a garden snake by the porch, and I have seen a coral snake at a neighbor's house. Supposedly another neighbor had a rattler in her bathroom. And lately we've had a rash of scorpions and a ton of leaf cutter ants. Scorpions, and ants, and snakes, oh my! I'm not making fun. I'm just trying not to lose my mind as I am also having problems with a new external hard drive, a certain web site where I am trying to pay a bill, and the like. When it rains, it pours.

    car insurance

    In 2015 we bought a new Daihatsu Terios. We insured it through INS using Juan Carlos at ARCR. We paid approximately $600 for a year's coverage. The following year we paid a little less. I don't know what we paid last year as I can't find that paperwork. Back in 2016 my husband had an accident that caused $2000 worth of damage to our car. Because this occurred late on a Friday and we were leaving for the States the following day, we were unable to report it to INS. We were also the only vehicle involved, and since we had no idea where we were, we didn't file a police report. We did manage to contact Juan Carlos before we left. Upon our return to CR, we met with Juan, and he took us to INS to file a report. He told us that he doubted they would cover the cost of repair, but in about 2 weeks' time, we got word that they were going to pay for the repairs. Yippee!!

    Good\bad experiences with movers

    We used Charlie Zeller to move from Pennsylvania to CR. The quote he gave us approximately one year before we moved didn't change during that year. There were a few hiccups. For example, when the driver of the tractor trailer arrived, he didn't have any bars or straps to use as tie downs. He also didn't have a seal for the trailer. So our stuff got loaded without being tied down, but everything arrived intact. He was supposed to call us after arriving at the port and obtaining the seal number, but he never did. We had to call the contact in Florida to get that information. I don't blame Charlie for this. I think it was the fault of the person he uses in the U.S. But those were just hiccups, as I said. We would use Charlie again in a heartbeat. He always answered our emails and phone calls when we wrote and called with questions. His quote included everything - the move from the U.S., the customs duties, and delivery to our house here. In fact, our stuff arrived in CR and cleared customs before our house was ready. Charlie arranged to have everything remain in customs for a good week before having it delivered to us. The men who delivered to our house were as professional as could be. If we ever decide to move back to the States, we will use Charlie Zeller.

    Short stay school

    Do you know where you are likely to "plant" yourselves? There's a family renting next door to us for 2 months, and they have enrolled their children in a school. I don't know what school, but I would imagine it's the private, bi-lingual school about 20 minutes from here.

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    We have all that stuff, David, plus a generator, too. I think the whole house surge protector cost us about $200, installation included, but I could be wrong about that. My hubby loves the UPS on the TV since he doesn't lose his place when watching a movie on dvd. But I was really thankful when he finally hooked up the generator. It's fantastic for those days when there's no power for 24 hours or more. Our neighbors come a-runnin' to plug in their cell phones!

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    Oh, CdnMorganGal, you and I are on the same page. It is down right disgraceful how many power outages we have to put up with. I lived in a townhouse for 24 years in the States, and I can count on ONE HAND how many times the power went out. But here? It is a constant thing. You get a little bit of rain, and the power goes out. My husband was walking the dogs when he saw the ICE truck pull up one day during an outage. The guy had to put a fuse on a pole, then try and connect the fuse to whatever the thingee is that was holding the old one as it flapped in the wind. Come on! If that's not third world, I don't know what is. But I don't really think of Costa Rica as a third world country. I think of it has having some third worldish problems. You mentioned the roads. Sigh... The only thing I will say about that is if they can spend money on a sports stadium in San Jose, they should be able to spend it on the roads. I know, I know. The stadium was a gift from the Chinese. I think their priorities are screwed up. (Can you tell I'm not a sports fan??) We were the last ones in our development to get fiber optic cable for the internet. When our neighbors applied for it, they were turned down. They were told there was no more capacity. I had to shake my head at that because there are probably no more than 30 homes here, if even that. So I feel very, very lucky to have it as my internet connection is great, and it doesn't matter what time of day it is. Another thing that bugs me is the caja. I really don't like having to go there early to make an appointment only to have to return later in the day. But the good thing about that is you can always see a doctor the same day. I wish, though, that you could make an appointment for a week or so out as not everything is urgent. And the last time I tried to make an appointment on-line I wasn't able to. Maybe I'll give that another go the next time I need to see a doctor. So those are a couple of my complaints about living here. I have a few others, but they're not important. For now most things are good. I expect that to continue. I think I've adjusted well to living here. My Spanish still stinks, though. Sigh, sigh, sigh!

    International movers

    We used Charlie Zeller to move from PA to here 3 years ago. We were very happy with his services.

    Best Way to ship computer

    If you pack it in a hard suitcase, you should be fine. And if you don't have a hard case, put cardboard and bubble wrap around it. Just my 2 colones!

    Dealing with COSEVI

    Thank-you for sharing your story. I don't blame you for not wanting to pay the $400. I wouldn't want to, either. $40 maybe, but not $400. Keep us posted. I also thank you for the web site information.


    I am not younger than he. I am 15 years older, so I will probably go first. But, then again, we never know, do we? I'm not worried about it. We will get around to changing his address - just haven't done it yet. I have more pressing issues right now.

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