How I managed to reach 1K people without paying

Most of you know that nowadays, business is made online, and you need to practice your Facebook skills every day. In Panama, more than anywhere else, Facebook is your way to advertise online.

A few weeks ago, I really wanted to have a post out but I wasn’t ready to go through expensive ad. Here is

How I managed to reach 1K people without paying

 

How I managed to reach 1K people without paying

 


Getting a great result without spending a dime is my favorite thing!

Here is said post:

The first important thing is the image: it has to be eye-catching or it’s not going anywhere… I believe you recognized Groot from the Gardians of the Galaxy movie. As a bonus, here is the trailer :D… A social media post doesn’t have to be boring, right?

(On the Facebook post image, Groot has blue eyes and guess what? They’re mine!)

So, let’s dive in. What’s the recipe? Here are the ingredients:

 

  • a great subject. People mostly are bored and they need FUN. You won’t have the same impact if you’re talking car insurance or pool party accessories. I am not saying that people are not interested in car insurance but your audience is limited. When it is about fun, you can bet that every single human being on planet earth is interested in fun.
  • an eye-catching image, so it grabs people’s attention. They’re like “wait, it looks like Groot, but it doesn’t seem quite Groot”!
  • some good content. Once people clicked on your link, the last thing you want is that they close the page instantly because you suck at writing!
  • a tribe of people already in love with your work so you know they will share your masterpiece!

 


 

It looks complicated but as long as you have all your ducks in line, that should work. There is no secret beyond the ingredients you need to come up with a great piece worth sharing.

The most important thing is to never quit. Look, this is just like weight lifting: you’re getting better each time. So keep doing it. Period!

For more advise or training, just contact us and we’ll teach you how to improve your skills without loosing your mind! Until then, take care and keep being good at what you’re doing!

Benefits for Scheduled Maintenance

When we own a property, we, sometimes, have the tendency to wait for things to break before replacing them. That seems to be okay when we live into that property but what if things break while you’re away or while you’re renting your property?

You can trust me when I say there are

Benefits for Scheduled Maintenance!

 

Benefits for Scheduled maintenance

 


  • Replacing or fixing things before they break

You may not believe it but actually, replacing or fixing stuff may save you money at the end. Let’s say your washer shows signs of malfunction and you do nothing. At some point, you may have to replace it and if you happen to have renters at this time, you will not have time to shop for finding the best deal. You will end by having to go for the fastest way to replace it and as always, fastest is never cheapest…

  • Avoiding serious damages

When you schedule a roof maintenance for example, you are not waiting for leaks to be real. Doing a regular “check-up” of your roof will prevent serious leaks that can ruin not only the roof, but also your ceilings and everything beyond.

  • Maximizing the expectancy of your material

Cleaning the AC filters seems to be a no brainer, right? However, I know lot of places where they’re not cleaned on a regular basis. At some point, not only, you’ll need to replace them but it could seriously damage the AC system itself or you can see your electricity bill going up like crazy…

  • Fumigating your land

In Panama, we have a lot of bugs. Some of them are okay to deal with but others are more of a hassle. It is always better to do preventive care on your land than waiting for a scorpions infestation that would clear your property from renters in a blink. There are some companies who do that by contract with quarterly visits and most people are happy that we advised them to do so.


These are the most common examples of what you need to really consider as preventive maintenance to avoid unexpected costs. Of course, depending on your property, there are services to add to make sure you’re maximizing your return on investment. Just call us for an assessment and we will gladly advise you and suggest a maintenance calendar.

Stay hassle-free. Hire professionals!

 

Benefits of Pre-Purchase Inspection

When moving in a foreign country, we, sometimes, just assume that buying a property is the same than in our country of origin.

Unfortunately, it is not and it happens that things don’t go as smooth as expected especially when there are some defects, whether they’re intentional or not, visible or hidden.

This is why there are a lot of benefits of pre-purchase inspection.

 

Benefits of pre-purchase inspection


Our team of knowledgable workers would come to the property you intend to buy and would check some vital elements that are most of the time unseen. Don’t blame the seller, he/she is usually of good will but materials and buildings don’t age the same way here. Remember our beautiful Panama is a tropical country!

  • Roof

Our team will check the roof to see if it presents any leak or damage that need to be fixed urgently. If the roof is covered with tiles, they will check if they’re still in good shape, not broken, and not porous. In case of metal roof, they will check that there is no invasive rust either on the sheets or on the fixation screws. Most of the time, they will advise you to check regularly on the screws because this is where leaks come from at first. There is supposed to have a silicon joint that has to be replaced and/or checked when maintenance is done.

  • Ceiling

Ceiling inspection is usually another way to check about roof sealing although it is way better not to wait to see humidity stains on the ceilings before scheduling a roof inspection. It happens sometimes that the ceiling has evidences of past leaks, and although it needs a new coat of paint, it is not as serious as it could appear.

If the ceiling is made of drywall and that you can see some cracks, our team would evaluate if this comes from temperature and humidity in the air or if it reveals a more serious defect. Cracks in drywall are sadly very usual here because of the daily variation in temperature and humidity. It is usually not very serious but it is always better to have a professional check.

  • Walls

Once again, it happens frequently that walls show cracks. It can either be in the finish coating before painting, which is not serious, or in the wall itself. If it is in the wall itself, it is usually very important to check if it goes through the wall, what is the length and the width of the crack. This is something we would advise you to fix especially if it goes through the wall. Whereas there a not many earthquakes in our area, it is always safer to make sure not to get over damage if it happens.

  • Electricity and Plumbing

Although there are a lot of hidden parts in electricity and plumbing installations, it is usually good to check the visible installation and connections. If we find some parts that look old or very used, we would definitely advise you to check more in depth to make sure you’re not going to have running water in the walls without notice. For electricity, we usually check the connections to the panel to make sure they’re done safely.

  • Wood

Wood construction is not really popular on the Pacific Coast. The main reason is the cost of treated wood needed for building. Buying this kind of wood is expensive but it keeps termites away from it. If you’re lucky, you can find some tek or nispero, which are resistant to termite attacks. Other than that, you need to have any kind of wood checked to make sure there is no surprise, I mean bad surprise…


Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on this service and remember we’re here to help and advise. The choice stays yours ultimately!

Welcome in your new home sweet home!

 

5 reasons for signing with us

5 reasons for signing with us

When you own a property where you’re not living full time in, it may be very challenging to find a reliable company that will take care of your home the way you would. To make your decision easier, here is

5 reasons for signing with us

There are many reasons I could bring before your eyes today but I am only picking the 5 most important!

  • We are customer-service oriented

With a solid background in the aeronautic industry, you can be sure that we are going above and beyond your expectations for making sure everything goes smooth. We always emphasize proactivity over reactivity and we believe in the power of communication.

We will also contact you with planned maintenance schedule so you can plan your expenses for making sure your house is and stays in good state. It means you will hear weekly from us whether everything is well or if something needs to be done.

  • We are flexible

We have basic service offerings but we also have a-la-carte services so we are always open to discussion for helping you choose the right set of services you need. Since you deserve the best, you just have to request a custom offer to only get the services you need.

You can either decide to have your home managed while you’re away or have it rented to maximize your return on investment. You can see the list of our services here.

  • We have an in-house team for maintenance and repairs

We have knowledgable workers in electricity, plumbing, and remodelling so you are sure you will not have random people in your house. It maintains safety at high levels since this would only be people we know well and we trust. We believe it is important for you to know that only a few persons will have access to your property, unless you have renters.

The fact that the in-house team has a strong knowledge in construction and materials is one of the best ways to save money because none of them would advise to do unnecessary work in your home.

  • We offer short-term contracts

You don’t have to go for a complete year with us. We offer you 6-month contract so you can try us and decide. Cancelling the contract only requires a written notice 30 days before the contract ends.

We are sure you will sign again but we also know you need evidences of what we say!

  • We speak 3 languages

If you decide to rent, having a team who speaks 3 languages is a bonus!

It makes you sure you can take renters from almost everywhere. If you want us to advertise on the Internet, we will do so in English, French, and Spanish.  We are confident it would be maximizing your chances to make an income out of your investment.

Remember you can contact us for discussing your needs in depth and that we would be honored to take care of your home like it was ours.

The Challenge of Building in Panama

The Challenge of Building in Panama

Welcome in beautiful Panama where you will start your new life! You have found a fantastic land and you’re ready to set a house that will soon be your home. Unfortunately, it does not go as smooth as expecting… Let me tell you about

The Challenge of Building in Panama

When you move in a foreign country, it takes time to adjust and sometimes it is hard to get rid of our beliefs. Building in Panama is no exception to this. We all come with European or North-American standards in our mind and we all soon experience the “cold-shower” syndrome… Nothing here seems to be the same.

When we start building our house in El Espino de San Carlos, we had a very hard time at starting. There is 5 parts in the challenge of building in Panama.

  • Paperwork

Well, coming from Europe, there are some steps to go through when you start a new construction and I always found it kind of a hassle. Well, that was actually a breeze! In Panama, you first need an architect. He may not design your house but for any construction above 50 m2, you need one who will stamp your plans. Then, maybe you will be lucky and find a honest architect, the one that will not cost you both arms and a kidney! Don’t expect to spend less than $5,000 though and that the honest price.

Once you found an architect, you will need other authorizations from public services, such as Bomberos (firemen) for electricity, Salud (health) for sceptic system and plumbing, and at the end, another inspection from a city engineer who eventually will deliver your Permiso de Occupacion (occupancy permit).

You will then have to either go or hire someone to go for doing the registrations in the Registro Publico (public registry) and in the Dirrecion General de Impuestos (tax office). Funny thing is that nothing is connected so you have to do it all to make sure your house is registered so you would not be in trouble with any government office.

  • Weather

Most of us moved in Panama for weather reasons. Who don’t want to live in a tropical country where you have hard sun all year long! 😎

This is fantastic until you decide to build! Then, this is a totally different story. Any move will make you sweat like crazy. It is exhausting for our non-tropical bodies. Once again, there is a need for adjustment. You will work from 6 am to 2 pm at most. Don’t even think about doing more because your body will stop you in no time! Prepare yourself to drink litres of water without a single drop or pee. Don’t believe me? Try for yourself!

When the sun is not killing you, you may enjoy some hard showers during rainy season. In San Carlos and surroundings, our area of operation, there is less rain than on the Caribbean side but still, when it rains, it rains hard. And if you’re not ready to cover your new concrete floor in less than a minute, then you have to be ready to redo it 😤 … And that SUCKS.

  • Labor

Finding good workers in Panama is almost the hardest part. And by “good”, I don’t even mean “skilled”. I only mean workers who will show up for work every day. We have been doing construction for about 2 years and we managed to find some reliable ones but they still need to be supervised. CONSTANTLY.

I see many contractors here who just bring a bunch of guys to a construction site and come to pick them up at the end of the day. And guess what? It takes twice as much time than if the contractor would stay here and manage the team. If they run out of materials, they stop working. If they’re done with doing what they were told to, they stop working. When they don’t know how to do something, they stop working. I can go on and on and on. Examples are endless!

  • Materials

Even if we don’t reinvent the wheel and adjust to Panamanian ways of building, there are still issues. You need to engage in relationships with your material suppliers so they will deliver when they say they will (at least on the day they said they will!). You also need to negotiate the prices and make sure they will maintain them for the duration of the building work or you would be in trouble to respect your offer.

After you find a good supplier and make all arrangements with him, you also have to constantly check the quality of the materials they deliver. It happens sometimes that you have to return some blocks or cariolas that don’t meet the agreed level of quality.

Last but not least, make sure you have more than enough materials delivered because you may enjoy the “we are out” at the time you need the stuff. They even happen sometimes to be out of concrete… WTF? How can a material store be out of concrete??? Who knows! But you’ve been warned!

  • Language Barrier

That the most challenging part when you start doing something abroad. You think they get what you said. But they didn’t. And you end dealing with delays and hassles because you just “assumed” everything was understood.

Or you don’t speak the Panamanian Spanish, which is not the same than Spanish from Spain, Argentina, Colombia, or any other Spanish speaking country in the world!


As last words, I would strongly advise you to make sure the company you’re hiring for your construction or remodelling needs:

  • is registered legally in Panama
  • has a manager who works on the field or at least is present on site
  • has finished already at least one job with a satisfactory outcome for the client.

And this is your lucky day because we have it all! Just contact us and enjoy the ride!

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