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Home improvement info #423857
12/01/11 11:51 AM
12/01/11 11:51 AM
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shiwa Offline OP
shiwa  Offline OP
Well we finally decided to take the plunge we are moving down there. We've been talking about this for years and so it is now a reality. The house that we are buying needs some work so I was wondering if anyone could help with the following.

Estimate for paint. We will need about 5 gallons for the exterior. And the interior will also need to be done.

Also is there someone on the island that makes thatched roofs the home has porch covering that need to be done. We can do all the work. All we will have is time at first but wanted to put it out there so that we know. I guess we could scour the island looking for palm leaves until we had enough but I figured someone had a business doing them.

Any info is appreciated.

Re: Home improvement info [Re: shiwa] #423862
12/01/11 12:53 PM
12/01/11 12:53 PM
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Amanda Syme Offline

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There are big paint sales going on at the hardware stores right now. A 5 gallon bucket of white paint is about $120 Bz.

Colours are selling for around $27 per gallon. About half price.

I saw some thatch material out by the fish market area behind the old football field. Thatching is an art. Be careful who you hire.

Congratulations on moving to your new home.

Re: Home improvement info [Re: Amanda Syme] #423863
12/01/11 01:00 PM
12/01/11 01:00 PM
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shiwa Offline OP
shiwa  Offline OP
Thanks Amanda I appreciate the info.
It gives us a rough estimate.
Thatching yes I'll have to see about that it does look like an art. If I have time maybe I'll try and perfect it or at least try it.

We are really looking forward to our new life smile

Re: Home improvement info [Re: shiwa] #423865
12/01/11 02:00 PM
12/01/11 02:00 PM
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ragman Offline
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We are doing extensive exterior painting and the "Best" Benjamin Moore exterior paint was reported to me to cost $38 bz a gallon retail in Belize City.

Formerly from somewhere on a beach in Belize
Re: Home improvement info [Re: shiwa] #423953
12/02/11 09:58 AM
12/02/11 09:58 AM
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San Pedro, Belize
LaraTravelBelize Offline
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as i recall being told, thatch can only be properly harvested during certain times of the moon phase. my recommendation to any newbies - assume you know nothing at all about anything.

Re: Home improvement info [Re: shiwa] #424003
12/02/11 10:52 PM
12/02/11 10:52 PM
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ScubaLdy Offline
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THATCH Also be careful of what you buy! It needs to be NEW and cut on the full moon and not left laying on the ground. It should be bundled in bunches of 25 each. You also need poles and sticks and these too need to be cut at the right time. It doesn't cost a lot for the thatch nor for qualified people to do te job. Just be sure you get experienced people. Ask to see something they have done recently.

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Re: Home improvement info [Re: ScubaLdy] #424060
12/03/11 12:47 PM
12/03/11 12:47 PM
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shiwa Offline OP
shiwa  Offline OP
Thanks for the information on the thatch. We will investigate more and ask around on who could do this for us.

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