Moving to Turkey

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Turkey? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Turkey.

What do I need to know before moving to Turkey?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Turkey, they said:

"I know an expat who moved her stuff from abroad to Izmir by boat and that was costly. I would suggest just buying furniture here there's lot of designs and styles. Bring what you can from home in your suitcases and even if you have to pay an $50 bucks for an extra suitcase, it's worth it if the contents mean a lot to you. Find a neighborhood that feels comfortable and pleasant to you. It's important to like what you see when you look out the window and walk down the street. I like how all the apartments in my area are different architecturally and it's pleasing to the eye. The streets are tree-lined and it's not very noisy. So, make sure you feel good about the place you're in," said another expat in Izmir.

"Find a good relocation company and make sure that they show you everything on the market not only the houses they get commission from, or you will end up seeing houses without kitchen," remarked another expat who made the move to Istanbul.

"Look around the city before deciding on where you want to live. Some people are more comfortable in compounds and others want to live in Turkish neighborhoods. Since the rents vary so much, even within a given area, it is important to take your time in finding a place if possible," explained one expat living in Istanbul, Turkey.

"I absolutely recommend contacting a specialist company, as we did. They made the whole process of finding a home, moving and settling in a fun process - rather than a stressful experience," said another expat in Istanbul.

How do I find a place to live in Turkey?

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