It is a daunting prospect investing everything in a new country. And everyone has heard the horror stories about failed constructions, legal setbacks and lost money.
But it doesn't have to be that way! Here are our top tips, learnt through our experiences so far.
Research as much as you can about laws and regulations relevant to your project
Seek local advice and talk to people about their experiences of similar projects
Get personal recommendations and credentials for contractors and suppliers
Meet with as many contractors as possible before you decide who to work with
Know what your vision is and make sure your contractors understand it too
Be onsite as much as you can to make sure things are running smoothly
Have regular conversations to identify problems and find solutions
Lastly - and probably most importantly - be flexible and be patient!
We used OSB for our construction. Silvia and the team were professional, reliable and always on hand to answer questions and find solutions.
Thanks to them, we are on the way to achieving our dream here in Costa Rica.