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An Expat Talks about Moving to Arusha, Tanzania


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Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Glad I had brought: Kids car seats, Kids portable high chair, Stick Deodorant

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Too many things to say...

Have Good Security

Check for Problems with Water

Make sure the house can get internet in

your area if this is important to you

Sometimes it is expected you pay 3, 6, or 12 months in advance.

Make sure you are clear with your landlord who is going to pay for things if/when they break, (water pipes, door handles, sink faucets, etc. )

Email me for details if you really whan't to know more... Bonnie at EastAfricaMissions@me.com

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

3 bedroom 2 bathroom (no bath, just shower) Tile floor, running water, and electricity, :-) This is typical for most expats.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

After moving here you can post what you are looking for in a house on the Arusha Mail Out email service, that sends an email to most expats and companies in Arusha, you pay 10,000 tzs at Meat King, downtown Arusha. Or you can find a real estate agent that You drive around to show you houses.

Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Cheaper or about the same. For TX about the same, for California cheaper. House rent can cost around - 500 - 900 usd- this may or may not include security, water or electricity

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Apr 23, 2013 15:28

Thanks for your tips. I could not agree more! If anyone happens to be looking for a house in Dar es Salaam. I know of one for sale by the owner for $25,000 USD for a 5 bedroom with master ensuite. It has electricity and running water and is internet compatible. You can email me for more details at simbafam@gmail.com

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