What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
I wish I would of brought with me my Kitchen, all appliances and fixtures, including the SINK! My washer and dryer and pretty much all the contents of my house.
I wish I would of left a lot more of my clothes home
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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?
Save up your money, find out when all the registerations take place for schools (usually in Jan.). Moving really sucks so find a place you really like and take your time. Visit the places at all hours of the day to check out the traffic and activity in the neighborhood. Plus ask to see the last 2 years of utility bills. Check out the yards and basements carefully.
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
I don't know any expats in my area. We have a single family house with a small hair salon attached to one side.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
We have a large family, 4 kids, so had to have a free standing house. Looked and looked and found a house in a small town that we could afford.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Housing costs are the same in the cities. In the smaller towns you can find places a lot cheaper than at home. Now a 2 bedroom apartment in CO is between $800 to 900 a month. A house in CO with 6 bedrooms would cost around $2400. However what you save on rent or house payments you spend in utilities and water!!!!!! here.