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tholland
12-21-2015, 11:52 AM
Hello Bonaire friends,

If you own a home on bonaire but live for some months in the USA, how can you pay your bonaire bills (electric/water/internet/phone) from the USA without having to pay 'bank wiring' charges each month?

thanks for any tips!
Anthony

Tom
12-21-2015, 01:58 PM
Could you leave a balance in a local bank which could be used to pay the bills?

kob
12-21-2015, 07:54 PM
Open an account in a Bonaire bank ... we use MCB ... you can login & pay bills from anywhere. When you are on Bonaire and want to put money in your Bonaire bank, just write a check to yourself from your US bank & deposit into your Bonaire account ... works like a charm and no wire-transfer fees

bonairehomes
12-22-2015, 09:28 AM
If you have a local bank account you can also set it up with you bank to have all of your utilities set up on "autopay". The utility company (WEB, TELBO, Flamingo TV, pool service) presents the bill to the bank and the bank automatically pays the bill. This works fine, but you need to check your bank statements on a regular basis to make sure the charges are normal. For example. if you have a water leak in your house and the water bill is $300 for the month, the bank still pays the bill. So you need to make sure you check your charges every month.

Also, if there is not enough money in your account to pay your bill on autopay, then they cut off your services, and may not tell you. If you have a pool or garden, this can cause other problems.

If you are not on the island, I strongly recommend having a friend check you house at least every two weeks. If you don't have a friend to do it, you can hire a service for $100/month or less to check it for you. It is important to check that the utilities are working and also to check for security, no open window or doors for example. THe outside of the house should also be cleaned on a regular basis. A house that is dirty and uncared for is an inviting target for local thieves. Some sort of care taking service is usually required by your home owners insurance.

tholland
12-23-2015, 03:55 PM
Thanks to 'bonairehomes' and 'kob' for this great advice!!!
Anthony