It's just under two weeks before I leave for Belize. I've been getting items I will need to plot where the house will sit on the property. I will begin to contact various contractors to shop my plans and to get a ballpark figure on the cost to build. I also want to wander through town and find the stores I will need for tile, paint, fixtures,etc.. A friend from work, Hipolito, who is Belizian, will be down visiting family, in Corozal, for a few weeks, so I hope to hook up with him for a few days. He can show me the town and other places that I will need to know about in Belize City and Belmopan. I am also looking forward to meeting Dave and Dianna. They also have a blog that has provided needed information and occasional wit. They have also used a contractor that I am going to try and get a bid from.
While I am there, I'm going to open a bank account and hope I have all the information that they need. I have visited the Belize Forum, various blogs and even the banks' own web site, to get information on what I need to open an account at Atlantic Bank (http://www.atlanticibl.com/). It seems that I need a letter of introduction, from two different banks, that includes the date the account was opened, type of account(s), average balance, and that the client has performed to the banks' satisfaction. They also want a color copy of your passport, showing the signature and photograph. One place on the forum said they wanted the original social security card. And I think this is only to open a savings account. If you want to open a checking account, you need to be a resident for six months.
In the following posts, I will include information that I have found with regards to rainwater catchment systems, septic systems, back up generators, solar and wind options, and just about anything else I can think of that can help building a house from the ground up, in Belize. I hope what I learn, and post ,will help other avoid the pitfalls that enevitably befall all large construction projects. The idea is to keep these mistakes to a minimum. The projected start date if all goes well would be around the first of May with some of the ground work started in April.