When buying or selling a house here you need to be aware of the norm where appliances are concerned. As far as that goes, when you are renting rules are pretty much the same thing. Appliances do not come with the house. Where in the states you rent a place or buy a place and have appliances as part of the package, that is not the case here.
You will need to bring or buy your own appliances if you are moving into a home here in Costa Rica. I have shown homes to rent and buy and NEVER are appliances included in the package.
Curtains, light fixtures and appliances are all negotiable when buying a home. Non are to be considered part of the deal unless outlined in the offer and accepted by the seller.
I have seen people take with them light fixtures from the bedroom and kitchen leaving nothing behind but bare wires for you to purchase and put in your own fixtures.
Don’t ASSUME anything comes with the house when negotiating your deal whether it be for rent or purchase. Make sure whatever it is that you want is outlined in the lease/purchase contract.
Side note….make sure you have a 220 outlet for the stove in place as well as one for the dryer. A lot of people here don’t use dryers so often times you get into a house that has hook ups for the washer but no vent and no outlet for the dryer.
If your planning to move to Costa Rica you will need a reliable moving company. We use Ship to Costa Rica and they have been in business for several years and know their way around the customs confusion that comes with most moves. Charles Zeller is the owner and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as moving many of the clients of Guardian Angels CR, they have moved our personal items as well. We were completely pleased with the way things were handled and very thankful Charles was in charge of our move. It made for far less headaches and trouble to have him heading up the move.
As of April 30, 2003 all visitors to Costa Rica must have a legal passport from their country of origin. Prior to that date you could enter Costa Rica on simply your drivers license or some other form of ID.
Visitors from Canada, the United States and most of Europe don’t need to apply for visas in their home countries but instead receive, upon arrival in Costa Rica a stamp on their passport authorizing a 90-day stay. When that 90 days is almost up, you need to leave the country for 72 hours before re-entry and a new stamp authorizing you to stay for another 90 days is entered into your passport. Many foreigners make this trip out of the country every 90 days instead of working towards getting their legal residency status. This is call perpetual tourism and is frowned upon by the Costa Rican authorities. While nothing is being done at this time to prevent perpetual tourism there is no way to tell when immigration authorities might decide this is unacceptable and refuse your entry into the country for abusing the tourist visa priviledges.
If you have anything to loose, like a house or business you might want to seriously consider filing for the proper immigration status to prevent any unnecessary mishaps. You never know when immigration will start cracking down on perpetual tourism.
Spring and summer are typical moving seasons, and whether you’re homeward bound or off to another exciting assignmnet, GACR would like to offer some tips that may help make the whole process go a little smoother.
- Plan early. Organize your items into seperate categories, such as pack, charity, and toss out.
- Keep valuables such as jewelry, original documents (birth certificates, passports, insurance papers), and cash with you as you travel. Also, keep favorite kids’ toys and security blankets seperate from packed items.
- Fine art and fragile belongings require special packing. Ask your mover if they have a special packing division for this area.
- Wood items such as carvings or furniture should be first protected by paper to absorb moisture as opposed to bubble wrap, which may cause condensation to build up.
- Some countries like the United States does not accept shipments of self-packed items. Only certified professional packers are permitted to pack and unpack goods to ensure the contents are as listed on manifests.
- Self-packed items are not usually covered by insurance.
Consult GACR regarding specific regulations of Costa Rica, as well as our complete list of services available.
So your thinking of moving to Costa Rica? There is a lot of things to consider but immigration and how to live here legally should be at the top of your list. There are several different types of visas but the most popular are Rentista, Pensinado and Investor status. The laws and requirements for each of these is very different and if you would like more information email us at email@example.com.