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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mumbai, they said...

"Mumbai is a bustling city with a vibrant culture and a unique atmosphere. Expats should be prepared for the hustle and bustle of the city and the heat and humidity of the climate. It is important to research the local laws and regulations before moving to Mumbai, as well as the cost of living and the availability of housing. Expats should also be aware of the language barrier, as English is not widely spoken in Mumbai. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the cultural differences between India and the expat's home country, and to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Finally, expats should make sure to have all the necessary documents and paperwork in order before moving to Mumbai," said another expat in Mumbai, India.

"The best advice was to bring a great mattress; Indian mattress are not like ones at home. Bring your vacuum cleaner; I have a Kirby so it really hurts that I left it behind. Choose a very good moving company; I thought mine did ok until I heard war stories from other expats (I did send an apology). Get your PAN card ASAP; you can't sign a lease agreement without one. Be very clear to what you want and make sure the settling in people stick to your guidelines as they will waste your time showing things that don't fit; I knew what was on the boat and needed 4 bedrooms and they kept showing us 3 bedroom flats. I knew that I wanted to be close to Indian culture without sacrificing access to expat shopping. I did not want my husband and children to spend more than one hour on commuting. Ask Indians for advice; so many freely helped us navigate the waters. They were our saving grace," wrote a member who made the move to Mumbai, India.

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