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Constructing and developing buildings can be an intimidating and frustrating process in Costa Rica. Rven when you are  in your own culture you sorta know what to expect and plan for. In a foreign country, the same processes can be downright crazy.

In a new setting, you have to learn how to go about doing things.  Materials are more expensive, but labor is lower, and don't expect anything fast-tracked. Time is considered, "whenever it gets done." Weather, plays an important roll. For example, I have a friend who has been trying to put a road into his property for a year now, and has been delay by an unusually raining season (2007-2008); mud slides have been a major problem, forcing his budget to triple for the road. Invest some time in 'learning how the system works" to protect your investment by who is  legally and ethically responsible for the construction. Research your building team by getting references. It helps if you have an Costa Rica Architect and Engineer who knows the ins and outs of the local building department laws.

It is not difficult to find contractors capable of working up to American standards. Remember, you pay for what you get.  Low bid on some local builders have  the “whenever” habit of missing deadlines, running over budget, producing shabby work and refusing to take responsibility for their mistakes that end up costing you more.

Costa Rica is also a member of the World Green Building Council for those that want green building. 

See related articles - Building Green in Costa Rica  and Eco-friendly Home in Costa Rica

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