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Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Rey, hopefully, you won't have to spend another winter in the states.

Yes if i can help it no more winters. The good thing is that I am still working, paying SSN, adding to 401k, etc. so if things are delayed, no problem other than the winter which I hate.

Hi guys - I realize this is an old thread but I hope you will see it.  My partner and I are under contract with a house on Vieques and have finally received the inspection report (PM me if you want my full rampage and 2 cents worth on the inspection itself).... but it did reveal termite damage.  Feeling very in the dark here...does anyone have any recommendations for pest/termite inspectors and also termite remediation?  Thank you so much! Diane

Termites are just about everywhere, most any untreated wood will come under attack.

Assuming the damage is not critical here: get a local exterminator and have them give you an estimate. You may also need a person to make repairs to the property depending on what has been affected.

Termites get on anything like books and photo albums besides wood, so you want all of that out. Before you move your stuff, have the place fumigated.

Also look for their hive and have that removed and all trails to ensure they are all dead.

Make the elimination a purchase requirement!!!!

Have the whole house check and fumigated. If they're in the house wood it means the wood is not treated and you will have to keep fumigating. Make sure you exterminate all insects and replace the damage wood. They are normal in the island, most people will build with treated wood because of that reason.

If you decide to buy the house, buy TEMPO, it's sold at most agrocenters in the mainland. We used to eliminate some colonies on our trees and it kill them quick.

I hate winter too and I am from new York and winter already started in late august and ends by july 4th. so iu must move. winter is any time the night low drops below 62 degrees. says puetro rico has only few days of winter when air blasts comes down from artic

I moved into my Puerto Rico house. Expensive to move in since real estate tricked me say house will be furnished with everything you need. Sent him the check .gave me no stove no bed no dressers no tv. Me got stuck paying again 4600 dollars on credit years to pay. I got here I could not cook no place to sleep no place put my clothes no kitchen table. When you said just come down and house needs nothing. Me scammed again. Plus cost 2000 dollars just for trees and bushes. They were none. So hard to pay. Talking about expensive

How did others afford to move if house has no landscape
Just to buy your plants costs like 2000 dollars. Then your grass seed at 10 bucks a lb. As you so expensive to move here
Plus 400 dollars for brake pads. Tv about 900 dollars.tvs came down in price used to be 5000 dollars for a screen. Now struggling to pay the nursery bill. In new York grass seed is 3 to 4 dollars a lb.here it's 10 a lb times 40lb expensive grass. What do you do then. Your stuck paying 500 dollars for seed and it better grow.that bill no clue how it will be paid. How are others paying all these move in costs.10 dollars a lb is the bulk price
1200 dollars to fill a hole. Talk about expensive 67 dollars a yard for dirt. New York it's 22 a yard here it's not even good dirt. Just clay.these costs were not expected on my list of items needed

When you move, you do a little at a time, there is grass, it may be mostly weeds but there is cover, you get one thing done then the other. You also have to compare prices, sometimes you are asked to pay gringo prices so shop around.

As to flowers and other decorative plants, if you make friends with the neighbors you can get some for free and you can compare prices and buy where they look real healthy and give you the best price. You can plant a few at a time and by 5 years down the road you will likely more some around and rage them before you are done with the look you want.

Tseweam :

I moved into my Puerto Rico house. Expensive to move in since real estate tricked me say house will be furnished with everything you need. Sent him the check .gave me no stove no bed no dressers no tv. Me got stuck paying again 4600 dollars on credit years to pay. I got here I could not cook no place to sleep no place put my clothes no kitchen table. When you said just come down and house needs nothing. Me scammed again. Plus cost 2000 dollars just for trees and bushes. They were none. So hard to pay. Talking about expensive

Ummm sight unseen not the best way to rent or buy. Most houses for rent in PR have no refrigerator, no stove, no furniture of any kind, that is the norm. Some are fully furnished but that is not super common. When renting a place, you will need to buy or ship furniture, buy a washer, refrigerator and stove with the eye of moving them to the house of your dream and enjoy them in the mean time.

In contrast to Spain, where most flats are furnished, Puerto Rican rental properties are typically not furnished. There are exceptions and the advertisement usually prominently identifies furnished properties.

I see how expensive it will be just for plants for a yard few 1000s .already at 1600 dollars and not even up to flower beds.figuring costs about 5000 dollars just for plant materials .by time you get all the flowers bushes and trees bought. Certain plants are expensive like Norfolk island pine agaves and palms. You may not believe that the pine is cheaper in New york as a house plant. Plus orchids going to cost HUNDRENDS. Been running out of money. Now I am looking on roadside for cactus to take cuttings to root. And still need 10k to get my items here

How are most paying these nursery bills when moving down here
It's another big moving expense. Then 1000s to furnish a home. Then how most doing it if don't have 1000s for a nursery. Just add up flower beds at 5 dollars per flower. Takes a lot for a bed. Then your orchids to attach to trees at 10 to 20 a piece times how it takes. Then your ground covers too .HUNDRENDS of dollars for grass seed. Few gallons of round-up. Lawn fertilizers  topsoil  weed killer for lawns. Crabgrass prevented. Then your mulch at 1200 a year to buy to prevent weeding. Wonder how everyone pays for all of this.thats what it costs every year to not have to pull weeds in flower beds. You must apply wood chips every where
How do they get weeds down here if costs that much a year to mulch it to avoid weeding

You guys are a lot richer than the average person in the island. Most pull weeds by hand and do their grounds over the years not in a month.

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