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What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?

When searching for a place to live, some important factors to consider are safety, location preference and individual needs. Depending on your preferences, you may want to find a place close to a school, church, transportation, shops, medical facilities, work, outdoor or leisure areas and, most importantly, a place that is secure and safe. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Dublin.

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What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?

In Dublin, some of the popular neighborhoods for expats are:

  • Ballsbridge
  • Donnybrook
  • Ranelagh
  • Blackrock
  • Dalkey
  • Killiney
  • Malahide
  • Howth
  • Castleknock

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Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?

Most expats tend to rent a home or an apartment, especially in the first few years, to get a feel for different areas. You might want to eventually look at buying if you are planning on being there for a long time.

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Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?

Yes, usually one or two months' rent is required up front. On average, this is 800-1100 euro per month.

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Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?

Typically, utilities and their connection charges are not included in the price of rent.

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Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?

As with most cities, some areas are more desirable than others. This is usually evident in the cost of the accommodation. In general, South Dublin is more expensive than the rest of Dublin, and accommodation there tends to be in high demand. Before deciding where to live, make sure that the house or apartment has door and window protection and a reliable alarm system. Change all locks on doors and replace with new ones.

Also, it is recommended that you check out local police reports before deciding on an area to live. These reports provide factual information on types of crimes and how often they occur. This will most likely be a determining factor on whether you choose to live in a certain neighborhood or not.

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I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?

The electric current for Ireland is 230/250 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with UK appliances. The plug has three pins and uses a 13 amp fuse. If you are coming from the USA or EU, you will need a plug adaptor, which can be purchased at the airport or at most hardware shops. All the other countries are not compatible.

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Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?

Although many expats rent in Dublin, if you are thinking of buying a house you will need approximately 8 per cent of the value of the house available to use as a down payment. Further advice can be sought from your local bank. Mortgage advisors can be found in the Golden Pages.

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Useful Links

Ireland Property Site:

www.daft.ie/

 

My Home Ireland:

www.myhome.ie/

 

Golden Pages:

www.goldenpages.ie/Search.asp

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Please contact your closest embassy or consulate for confirmation.

 

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