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  1. We are about to sign a contract with Juan Pablo Giovannini of JP Homeservice to have him complete the shell of a house we bought locally.

    I've seen good reviews of his work on here. I've met with JP many times now, have seen his work which I'm happy with but I haven't spoken to any of his clients personally about time-frames and budgets. I've seen Ferret recommend him many times ;)  Anyone else have opinions, good or less good about his work, completing on time and on budget? Anything else I should be aware of?  ~ thanks 

  2. I've done research on building a custom home, somewhat upscale and I've received from 6,000 to 9,000 Pesos per m2. A good average would be around 8,000 Pesos m2. These do not include appliances, solar panels, pool or anything very fancy.

    Another issue is cost of land. It's NOT cheap. Price will depend on view, which town, which development, etc. If you have a nice view, you'll pay between 2,000 to 3,500 Pesos m2. 

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  3. Anyone here live in Chapala Haciendas 3? What is it like there? How's the internet speed? Is there only Telmex and not Telecable too? 

    Is the water delivery consistent? How often do you get water delivery from the street to your house? Is the water pretty clean? 

    Anything else of interest to know?   ~ thanks 

  4. 25 minutes ago, Zeb said:

    I agree that finding a lot that size at a decent price is difficult.  We have been looking as well.  We did find some lots at a good price per square meter, but they were too large and the sellers would not subdivide.

    Well we could split a lot Zeb ;) 

  5. I'd also like to know info about living in Agua Escondida.  We're looking at buying a lot and building a custom home. We've looked at different areas Lakeside and in the Ixtlahuacan area and Agua Escondida could be an option. We've hit roadblock after roadblock on finding a good lot at a decent price. It needs to be at least 700 m2. 

    ~ thanks 

  6. My husband went to pay the SIMAPA bill today; I wasn't there.

    He's Permanente; I'm not.

    They gave him the 15% for paying early but not the 50% discount like they did last year so upon him arriving home, we went back to the SIMAPA office, with my insistence.

    I explained to the attendant that last year we got the 50% discount because hubby is Permanente.

    She quickly explained that the law concerning this was changed in March 2014 and now only Mexicans over 60 years of age can get this discount, there are other options as well but not for foreigners.

    I asked to see the law and she made me a photocopy.

    Here is the text in Spanish:

    Aquellos usuarios de nacionalidad mexicana y con servicio bajo el regimen de uso domestico que al inicio del ejercicio fiscal acrediten ante el Sistema Municipal de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Chapala, mediante la documentacion oficial correspondiente, tener la calidad de viudos, viudas, jubilados, pensionados, discapacitados, o tenor 60 anos o mas, así como haber pagado los servicios de agua potable y alcantarillado hasta el mes de Diciembre del ejercicio fiscal inmediato anterior, serán beneficiados con une reducción del 50% de las cuotas y tarifas que en esta sección se señalan, de acuerdo a las siguientes.

    ... and it goes on from there

    I only read/understand some Spanish so I'm not quite sure if this can ONLY apply to Mexicans.

  7. I was of the understanding part of the discount was because he's Permanente and part was for paying early.

    He got a total of 15% discount; I checked last year's bill and did the calculation.

    How much discount do you get for paying early? 10% ?

    Oops the discount percentage I had quoted was for 2013.

    On our 2014 Simapa bill, these are the discounts:

    Desc. 50% - $720.59 (this isn't actually 50% of the total bill - not sure on what amount they calculate it)

    Bonificationes: $408.64

    I'm figuring the 50% was for being Permanente.

  8. Eagles, I suspect your husband got a discount for paying early. Everyone gets that if they pay early.

    I was of the understanding part of the discount was because he's Permanente and part was for paying early.

    He got a total of 15% discount; I checked last year's bill and did the calculation.

    How much discount do you get for paying early? 10% ?

  9. As far as I know, there is no discount for INAPAN or DIF. I tried that last year. Will try the permanente card this year but I'm not holding my breath.

    Anyone tried either or all yet?

    Yes, my husband is Permanente and did get a good discount on the water bill last year.

    I can't recall the exact percentage but it was nice.

  10. We have a 10' x 30' rectangular pool and need a cover for it.

    We finally put in solar panels and as soon as CFE decides to change our meter, we'll be able to afford to put the pool pump on for a lot more time per day to heat up the water.

    I've seen older threads on people looking for pool covers and some of you resorted to buying them in the US. We're Canadians so it's not so easy, I presume. We don't plan on going to the US other than going through, to get to Canada and that won't be for a while for sure.

    Did anyone find a supplier of QUALITY pool covers either Lakeside or in Guadalajara?

    I know there was talk of 15 mil covers.

    We'd appreciate your input. Thanks

  11. We're having some cabinets made by a local carpenter and we want to select our our pulls and handles, Lakeside.

    Last January, I bought some hardware for other pieces of furniture and was satisfied. I can't remember the store name but it was a ferretería and I'd be able to find it. It's in Ajijic, mountain side of the Carratera, past the downtown core.

    I'm looking for other places with even more selection, if there are any, with brushed chrome or nickel hardware would be nice.


  12. I'm wondering what the process is after receiving Visa application approval from Mexican Consulate in Canada.

    Under "Purpose of Trip", would I check "Other"? Would I then need to write a reason?

    Do I need to do, say or write anything special at the US Immigration and then at the Mexican Immigration counters?

    We are making the big move and have only previously gone to Mexico with tourist visas.

  13. To All the Consignment Store Visitors Out there:

    Has anyone run across a womens consignment store that carries large sized women's clothing. I have some very nice clothing that's now too large to sell, some designer pieces. Or if personally interested PM me to see what I have and the sizes

    Mia's Boutique carries tons of clothes and different sizes. My mother and I both found some nice pieces there.

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