Owning Costa Rica Real Estate – Home Maintenance

April 22, 2011 - Now that you have finally bought your dream home in Costa Rica, let’s talk about maintenance. Whether you live in Costa Rica, the United States or anywhere else in the world, keeping up with its maintenance is a priority.

Owning Costa Rica Real EstateIt is a priority because not only do you live in it or perhaps one day you may decide to sell your property in Costa Rica but also because the longer you wait in repairing something or keep in it in good shape, the more likely it is that the damage will get worst and a simple $50 repair could later cost you $5,000.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common items in a house that you should check on a regular basis.

Air Conditioner – If you live in Jaco Beach for example, then you probably own one of these apparatus that keeps you house cool and cozy. I don’t need to tell you how much one of these can cost. A simple yearly maintenance on your unit like a simple tube replacement could save you the cost of replacing the unit.

So do yourself a favor and get it inspected at least once a year.

Termite Inspection – Yes, Costa Rica is full of insects and termites are in abundance. Getting your home inspected for termites on a regular basis is a must as termites eat away at the foundation of your home and could mean tens of thousands of dollars in repair.

Painting the House – So you have a nice home with a beautiful wooden deck, some nice wood trimmings and even a nice and a nice iron gate but it seems like the Costa Rican weather has taken its toll on it and it may be time to add a coat of paint or sealant.

This only needs to be done every 3-4 years but the best way to protect your home and give it that fresh look is by coating it with something that will look nice and protect it.

Next on the list for your home maintenance in Costa Rica are essential tools that will help you fix most minor things in your house. You see, most items in a house can be fixed fairly easily with the right tools.

No need to be an engineer just having a bit of common sense and the right tool can pretty much fix anything that does not run on electricity.

Here is a list of must have tools:

WD40 – Yes, from removing stains to fixing creaky doors and loosening screws, this is the spray tool for it all.

Vise Grip Pliers – You never know when you will need those, especially if you are working on fixing a plumbing pipe.

Regular pliers – There is nothing wrong with regular pliers to unscrew thing, bend things and hold something.

Hammer – It’s Hammer Time!

Assortment of screws, nails and hooks – Always good to have to replace missing screws and so on…

Glue – Crazy glue, wood glue and regular glue. Its amazing what a little glue can do to fix something.

Set of screwdrivers – The more the better!

Utility Knife – You won’t be using it to walk through the rainforest but you can trim wires, open boxes and cut stuff.

Gloves and Eye protection – Safety first!

Once you have yourself a nice set of tools, go around your house and start looking for things to demolish, I mean fix. This might even turn into a useful hobby.

On a quick note,unless you know something about electricity don’t mess with it because it can kill you, most houses in Costa Rica have really bad wiring and it can also KILL YOU.

Frank Donavan is a retired online sports betting expert that has been living in Costa Rica for the past 3 years. Frank recently purchased a home in Costa Rica and when he is not writing about living in Costa Rica, he spends his time at the beach with his two dogs. You can contact frank at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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