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An Expat Talks about Moving to Batam, Indonesia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Batam

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

My favorite deodorant, an extra pair of shoes (I've got big feet), a decent pizza

I packed pretty light.

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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?

It can be difficult for a new expat, but I would recommend driving around and looking at several houses and complexes before making a decision, so you get an idea of what to expect.

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

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, driveway, not much of a yard. This is pretty typical for the area, and a lot of expats live in this area.

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

I looked around and used local housing agents for my first house, which I overpaid on significantly. The next house was a much better deal, though still had to pay 1 year in advance.

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

Much lower. 3 bedroom house for around USD $3500 per year.

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Jan 16, 2015 22:37

I want to leave Batam and have to sell my wonderful house in Batam centre. 270m2 on three floors, 6 rooms, one huge living room with kitchen, 3 bathrooms, terrace on top, a balinese garden beside and one garden in front of the house. space for minimum 4 cars because its the end of the street. the house has all relevant documents for expat ownership. if you are interested please contact me under:

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