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Moving to the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to United States: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to United States.

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What do I need to know before moving to the United States?

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

"Really need to come and stay awhile to see if you like the climate and area. We ended up buying in a place that has many rentals. If we decide in 3-5-10 years we like another area better we can always flip this to a rental. Three bedroom on beach was $213,000. Doing loan on line through Puerto Rican bank and speaking muy piquito Spanish was an adventure. Add Covid-19 and you increase the chocolate and wine factor," commented one expat who made the move to Palmas Del Mar Humacao .

"Come and visit first. It's not America. There are many small and some large adjustments to make if you're to be happy here in this beautiful, broken paradise. Shipping is expensive so consider selling all but what you can mail here (it's a US territory with a zip code, so mailing is surprisingly economical). Be prepared to look for a while to find housing--it's tight as of this writing (7/2017). Choosing a safe neighborhood is important, so ask around about places you're considering. Try to find a 'full concrete' home for safety during storms. Storm shutters, a backup water supply and a generator would be real advantages. Apartment complexes tend to include these features. Power outages are frequent. Some areas of the island are not guaranteed water 24/7 so ask about that, too! And DON'T rely on the landlord's assurances. Ask your potential neighbors," remarked another expat in Saipan (not really Guam, but not listed anywhere), United States.

"Secure a job with health care benefits first and get relocation assistance. For retirees, move/stay in Europe due to health care costs. I do not plan to stay in the US when I retire," said another expat in Perrysburg.

"Assume that you'll make friends at clubs and work rather than where you live," remarked another expat who made the move to Huntington Beach.

"Check on commuting times via train and car if need to travel to NYC. Ask about transience of population. Discover the variety of family/children's activities available in your town of choice. Towns have recreation web sites. See free magazines for details," explained one expat living in Morristown, US.

"Do not try to find the same thing in Atlanta that you had in France. They don't share the french taste for the old things, and you must pick an house that will be easy to resell if you have to move back. Rely on a professional to help you to find a house. I am one of them, I have been living in Atlanta for 6 years, I have a perfect knowledge of the city. You can contact me at it will be my pleasure to help you, with housing, and advice about daycare system, school system. Good luck," said another expat in Atlanta.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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