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Moving to Venezuela

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Venezuela?

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

"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," remarked another expat in 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)," said another expat in Maracaibo.

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How do I find a place to live in Venezuela?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"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," remarked another expat who made the move to Caracas.

"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," explained one expat living in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Venezuela?

"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," remarked another expat who made the move to Caracas.

"We chose a house. Although most expats choose to live in apartment buildings, because of security," explained one expat living in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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What is the average cost of housing in Venezuela?

If you are thinking about moving to Venezuela, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"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," remarked another expat in 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," said another expat in Maracaibo.

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What should I pack when moving to Venezuela?

We asked people living in Venezuela to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"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," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Caracas.

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Maracaibo.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Venezuela?

We asked people in Venezuela if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"Just your 'getting to know the language' screw-ups, but everyone I encountered was very undersatnding and helpful," said another expat in Porlamar.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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