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An Expat Talks about Moving to
Valenzuela City, Philippines
An expat in Valensuela City, Philippines says to do your research and visit various areas before you commit to one location. Look for schools, medical and grocery store locations that are fairly close to where you live.
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.
Power invertor for tools and 110 appliances. instant hot water heater for hot water lines and generator. No need to have mulitple suits, long sleeve shirts and jackets.
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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?
Do your research and visit various areas before you commit. The laws here are very different so only Philipine people can own the ground with exception to condos. Look for schools, medical and grocery store locations that are fairly close to where you live.
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
We are in a single family home and several others rent same here but most buy condos in Makati area which is more western in size of streets, cleanliness and choice of restaurants but is considerably higher in cost.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
My wife has lived in this area for over 15 years and has a chrome plating busines located in another close city.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
All living costs are lower here with exception of power costs. Most houses rent here from 6 to 10,000 pesos monthly and are often 3 bedroom.
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When viewing an area, don't accept if there is DSL in the area that you will be able to connect, confirm with the supplier, most dsl is over extended, the alternative is wifi, and these work very badly. Also check your power utilities supplier, some have brownouts daily and power fluctuations, definite need here is power backup ie. APC.
Never buy used car unless you really know past owner, locals tend not to service or repair vehicles, and then only do minimum repairs.