What to Leave- What to Bring? Preparing for Your New Home in Costa Rica
Once you have made the decision to buy property in Costa Rica, and move down, the next big decision you have to make is what you will bring with you, and what you will leave behind. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to packing for your new house in paradise. There are several things you must consider, including:
If you are coming to Costa Rica to live a simpler, more laid-back life, you will probably want to pack light and buy most of what you need when you get there to make a fresh uncluttered start. After all, the furniture and accessories in Costa Rica are made for the Costa Rican climate and lifestyle, so they will fit in more organically and potentially be more durable than items brought from home.
However, if you are looking to create a home-away-from-home, you may want to ship at least a few of your creature comforts, such as a favorite chair, some heirloom furniture pieces, or some treasured artwork and accessories.
If you have invested in high-end furniture and top-of-the-line appliances, or if you simply love the things you already have because they really suit your needs and taste, you may want to consider having them all shipped over. It is true that shipping can be costly. However, furniture and appliances can be more expensive in Costa Rica and variety is not as ample. You may find it difficult and time-consuming to find exact replacements for the things you left behind.
If, on the other hand, you want a completely new look for your new home, buying all of your furniture and accessories locally is a completely workable option. While buying pre-made furniture may be more expensive, you can have beautiful, heavy, hand–carved custom furniture made for less than you could in the United States. What’s more, it is relatively easy to find a local designer near Los Sueños Resort who can help you find the right items.
Your personal belongings
Some things are obvious – you will never make use of your parka or down comforter in Costa Rica. Other things are not so obvious. Should you bring your jewelry, or your collectibles? What about your electronics?
In general, very valuable things like jewelry, furs and collectibles are probably better off in storage back in the United States, as are irreplaceable sentimental items like wedding dresses or heirloom china. Unless, of course, your move is a permanent one; if you are retiring in Costa Rica and giving up your house in the U.S., you’ll likely want to go ahead and gift some items to your loved ones while packing up the rest for shipment down to your new home.
Of course, no matter what, you’ll probably want to take some special items – like photo albums or favorite books to make yourself feel more at home in paradise.
Electronics do tend to be pricier in Costa Rica and options are limited; you’ll most likely want to bring along those you already own and use regularly.
Many of the luxury homes, villas and condos for sale in Los Sueños Resort and Marina have been professionally decorated by an interior designer and come fully furnished with appliances, furnishings and even art, linens, and kitchenware. If this is a vacation home, a cash flow rental property investment, or second home for the winter months, you may prefer the kind of turn key situation you get when buying a property that has already been put together by a professional hand. Then, all you have to do is pack your clothes!