Driving distance to your work location and whether or not you have school-aged children will generally determine where you will want to live.
For the Dallas area, the neighborhoods of Plano, Allen, McKinney, Richardson, Frisco, Las Colinas, Southlake and Rockwall are very popular with expats. In the Fort Worth area, the most popular neighborhoods for expats are in Southwest Fort Worth and in the central downtown area. Single family homes (both for rent and purchase) and courtyard-style apartments are readily available in both cities and surrounding suburbs.
No matter which neighborhood you live in, you'll always have access to major sports and entertainment venues, as well as quality schools and shopping areas.
It would depend on your company's relocation policy. There are many homes both for sale and rent in the Metroplex. Most expats who are not going to reside in the area for more than about three years typically do not buy homes.
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?
Deposits for leased or rental housing are always required. The typical deposit is equal to one month's lease or rent payment, but can sometimes be more or less.
Utilities are in addition to the rent with single family homes, but some utilities (such as water or gas) may be included in the price of rent for apartments.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
Many single-family homes and apartments have security systems that are monitored by the local police and fire departments. These provide a deterrent to intrusions or other problems you may encounter.
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 in the United States is 110 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 60.
Do note: It is not recommended that you bring appliances from overseas. Although there are converters available, the appliance will probably not function properly.
Below are examples of the types of plugs that are used in the U.S.:
Type A - Flat blade attachment plug
Type B - Flat blades with round grounding pin
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