What Have We Gotten Ourselves Into?March 2, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Building a house in a foreign country is a challenge; here’s advice for building a house on the west coast of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula.
Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,
"We're very happy with the house, but, yes, boy, we did learn a thing or two in the process," Jerry explained, shaking his head.
I had asked a friend about his recent experience building a house on the coast of Veraguas, the west coast of Panama's Azuero Peninsula, where Lief and I are about to build a house of our own. I was looking for some boots-on-the-ground insights.
"Most important, you have to be really clear about what's included in the contract with your builder," Jerry explained. "A number of things that we believed were included in the quote our builder gave us weren't, so some things we wanted just didn't get done in the end."
"Right," our Project Manager Gary offered, "you want to be sure to stipulate that the plans supersede the contract."