You’ve found your dream home and are ready to sign the paperwork. You can’t wait to start telling all your friends and family about your new casa and have your pen ready to go. But wait! Before you dot your I’s and line your T’s, there are a few things you absolutely need to do before you make the big decision to buy a home. One thing to know about Costa Rica is that not everything may be what it looks like from the outside so it’s best to be 100% sure and do all the proper research beforehand.
This is also why it is pertinent to find a trustworthy and dependable real estate team. We have been in Playas del Coco for a number of years now working as realtors and we know this town inside and out when it comes to real estate and how the country works. We know what to look out for, what’s good and what’s bad in this business.
So take it from us and read our things to check before you buy a home in Costa Rica.
Don’t let the little things slide
When inspecting your new home and you see something looks off, ask. Don’t let the little things slide! It’s common in Costa Rica for things to look fine on the outside but is completely opposite on the inside. Notice a little leak in a room? Door doesn’t close all the way? Don’t assume it’ll be fixed or that’s just the way things are. Save yourself a lot of headache and prevent any possible situations where you’ll be spending hundreds down the road.
Check the amenities
It sounds like common sense and it’s easy to assume that these things are there, but if you buy a home in a more rural area, you need to ask if there is water, electricity, cable and internet available. You may not always get accurate information from the owner so go directly to the source – the ICE, AyA, CableTica or Amnet. You would be surprised as to how many problems arise whether there is a lack of water in the area, there are no cables that reach that far out so you don’t get internet and many other things.