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Moving to Venezuela

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: If you're thinking about moving to Venezuela, expats there have a lot to share about moving to Venezuela - deciding where to live, what to bring, housing, banking, healthcare in Venezuela and more.

If you're planning a move to Venezuela, expats there offer advice about what they wish they had know before moving to Venezuela - topics covered include deciding where to live, what to bring, housing, banking, healthcare in Venezuela and more.

Deciding Where to Live in Venezuela

When we asked expats living in Venezuela to offer newcomers advice about choosing a neighborhood and finding a home, they replied:

"When looking for a place here, you must go through an agent, who you the renter will have to pay one month's rent as commission. The trick is to use several agents because depending on your budget, they forget about you. We chose a neighborhood that was first safe and then close to everything since I don't drive. We chose an apartment for security reasons (most buildings have 24 hour security) and it has less upkeep," said one expat who moved to Caracas, Venezuela.

"My family and I chose a HUGE house in the La Virginia neighborhood. The rent is expensive, but we spent nearly three months living in a hotel before finding anything we liked," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Venezuela.

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What to Bring When Moving to Venezuela (and what to leave behind)

When we asked expats living in Venezuela what they wish they had brought when moving to Venezuela and what they wish they had left at home, they replied:

"I wish I brought my non-toxic insect repellent, more fancy clothes (people here dress up more) and a car (cars here are overpriced and there's a waiting list for purchases). I wish I left my uncomfortable shoes because I walk a lot more. Other than that, everything I brought has come in handy," said one expat who moved to Caracas, Venezuela.

"I wish I brought my car, because cars are very expensive here. I wish I had left home all my winter clothes. Everything is HOT here," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Venezuela.

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Advice for People Moving to Venezuela

"My advice is to be patient. Even though there is an abundance of apartments out there, finding the right one for you takes time. There are huge variations in building maintenance, security, and amenities. It's best to come here with the expectation that it might take 3 months to find a permanent place," said one expat who moved to Caracas, Venezuela.

"Always prefer your common sense over the realtors opinion. Try to look at houses with a local to get their opinion. ALWAYS choose houses with Air Conditioning, it tends to get very hot. (115 F)," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Venezuela.

Typical Housing for Expats

When we asked expats in Venezuela about the type of home or apartment they life in and whether that is typical for expats, they replied:

"Most expats live in apartments because of security and some will go for furnished homes. If looking for something furnished, it is much easier to find a one or two bedroom. Anything bigger is rare," said one expat who moved to Caracas, Venezuela.

"We chose a house. Although most expats choose to live in apartment buildings, because of security," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Venezuela.

Housing Costs in Venezuela

"In comparison to South Florida, housing prices are much more expensive. There are expats who pay 3,000 Euro for a 3 bedroom, two bathroom apartment. I would say the average cost for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is about $1,200," said one expat who moved to Caracas, Venezuela.

"The housing average I don't know. But I know I'm paying a lot more in house and a lot less in the electrical bill," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Venezuela.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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First Published: May 23, 2019

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