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Traps in your Mexico house J. Brad Grieve

Example of Mexican contemporary-colonial architecture.
© Donald J. MacKay, 2009
When we think of the word trap, we usually think of the small apparatus used to catch mice or something sinister to capture and / or injure a soldier during war. But the traps I want to address in this article are the drain traps in the plumbing of your Mexico house. A trap is an element in drains. read more

Mexico home construction or repairs: no room for mas o menos J. Brad Grieve

Here in Mexico, there's one term I hate to hear on a job site. No, it isn't "oops." It's the term "mas o menos." It is the Spanish term that literally translates to "more or less." read more

Dealing with insects in your Mexico house and garden J. Brad Grieve

Bugs like tropical shrubs and palm thatching
Cockroaches, scorpions, earwigs, mosquitoes, termites, beetles, ants and even fleas, present different challenges to homeowners here in tropical Mexico. They are part of the dark side of our little paradise read more

Waterproofing the roof in your Mexican home J. Brad Grieve

In Mexico -- or anywhere -- the three key words for roof sealing are: preparation, preparation and preparation. read more

Home construction or improvement contracts in Mexico J. Brad Grieve

Recently, I have had to help clients who are far along in their project, way past the original schedule and way, way over budget. read more

The cupola: Spain's gift to Mexico's colonial architecture J. Brad Grieve

A brick dome or cupola can be very attractive... and also, a maintenance problem.

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Water pressure systems versus the rooftop tinaco tank in the Mexican home J. Brad Grieve

Traditionally, the water pressure in your Mexican home would be supplied by a tank of water up on the roof of your home that is called a tinaco in Spanish. Water draining from the tank flows under the ... read more

Water Heaters in Mexico J. Brad Grieve

Our morning showers would definitely not be the same without them. We sure miss them when they fail or run out of gas. Our water heaters are usually the silent worker in the back of the house; sometime... read more

Windows and Doors in Mexican Homes and Offices J. Brad Grieve

It is rare to see windows made of wood and, still rarer, is to observe high-tech windows. Windows and doors are elements in our home that we use frequently. Yet we never give them a second thoug... read more

Seller's Overture: Advice for Selling Property in Mexico J. Brad Grieve

Why do some properties take so long to sell? After offering advice to buyers purchasing real estate in Mexico, it seems only fair to discuss the issues for a seller in a foreign country. You have dec... read more

Moving to Mexico? It's different. Do your homework. J. Brad Grieve

I have determined a list of the best recommendations for any buyer purchasing in a foreign country. What has struck me a few times this past year have been some of the minor last minute conflicts that... read more

Toilet Paper and Mexican Plumbing J. Brad Grieve

In village businesses, it is common to see a sign in the bathroom asking you not to throw tissue paper down the toilet. The debate among friends in high school was whether the toilet paper shou... read more

Communicating with Contractors J. Brad Grieve

Let's look at the construction business here at Lake Chapala. This is like many businesses in that just about anyone can hang out a sign and call himself or herself a contractor. I believe the freedom ... read more

The Sky Is Falling J. Brad Grieve

Once the rainwater drains off the roof, where is the water going? After two strong rainfalls in Guadalajara, I was up on my father-in-law's roof last weekend to help a contractor from Chapala clean an... read more

Is a flat roof really flat? J. Brad Grieve

It is there above us, protecting us from the sun, the wind and the rain however; generally we are not worried about our roofs until we see water leaking through it. Typically, roofs he... read more

The Lake Chapala real estate market J. Brad Grieve

Between 2003 and 2006 , the average sale price of Mexico real estate in the Lake Chapala area increased by approximately 69%. read more
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