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Thread: An additional cost of buying property in Aruba

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    Cool An additional cost of buying property in Aruba

    Not typically mentioned when one buys property and moves to this sunny island of Aruba is maintenance. Beyond the typical costs of maintaining the property (e.g. plumbing, electrical, painting), one needs to realize that for large appliances such as refrigerators and washers that there may be additional expenses over time that you normally wouldn't account for. These are:

    1. Manufacturer warranties on new appliances that may be more than a year typically won't apply in Aruba.
    2. Some appliances are S. American/C. American versions that do not have an equivalent in the US, so parts sometimes cannot be ordered (e.g. LG refrigerators) in the US.
    3. Make sure all of your major appliances have surge protection. Due to the high probability of power outages, you might end up with a TV or refrigerator "fried". This has happened to us now twice in 5 years. The second time an Elmar (electricity company) employee was outdoors in the neighborhood, changing some equipment, and caused a momentary power surge. It broke two TVs and a refrigerator. We were reimbursed a total AFl 225, or US$ 129. That didn't even cover one TV, let alone all of the damage. Needless to say we are not at all happy with Elmar.

    Just keep this in mind when considering moving here.
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    Where we live in Upstate NY, we have frequent power outages, so we have a whole house surge protection device installed at the panel and also secondary units at all devices that have internal processing circuitry. Although we don’t have surge protection at the panel here on the island. We do have surge protection devices on all devices. It’s just best practices. Good advise.
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