You should consider neighborhood characteristics, amenities, proximity to public transport, schools, work, shops, and type of accommodation. It's best to consult with a person knowledgeable of the areas that you are interested in. It is not difficult to find housing, as long as you are willing to pay for it.
Geographically, Las Vegas is a large area and it is best to consult with an experienced real estate professional or Crown representative when considering a move to the area. There are several neighborhoods that people are attracted to which are chosen for their sense of community, citizens and standard of living. Prime examples are: Seven Hills, Anthem, Green Valley, Summerlin and Red Rock.
Some houses are in gated communities and these neighborhoods are planned communities with newer housing, plenty of parks for family outings and convenient shopping for daily needs. They are designed with families in mind. For those who prefer a different style of living, there are condominium high-rises right off the Strip that accommodates high-end living with the Vegas night life.
This depends on the person's length of stay. Most expats tend to rent while familiarizing themselves with the area and determining which neighborhoods will best serve their needs. Some expats on short-term assignments will only rent. Others who are required to stay at least three to five years often buy houses. If you want to purchase a house we suggest that you seek out short-term leasing options while you work with a real estate agent to find your perfect home.
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?
Typically, one month's rent and a security deposit equivalent to one month's rent can be required up front. The costs vary depending on the amount of monthly rent.
Utilities that might be included when renting apartments, condos and townhouses are trash and water. Typically, rented or leased housing do not have utilities (gas, electricity, phone, Internet, trash and water) included in the cost. If included, deposits are often required for utilities and will depend on the average usage of the previous tenant.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
As is common in most cities, certain areas are less desirable than others. It is a very good idea to consult with friends, co-workers, and Crown to help you select the area that best suits you.
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.
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
Be prepared for the rental management company representative to perform a credit check when you apply to rent a home. It is recommended that you have your employer prepare a letter for you indicating your financial stability. This does not present a problem for expats coming to the area.
Las Vegas encompasses a very large geographic area. Single family homes without common walls are available for rent or purchase as well as units sharing common walls (referred to as apartments, condos, and townhouses). Most homes do not come with appliances other than an oven/stove. Some units offer a number of amenities (e.g. pool, recreational facilities) and others offer merely the accommodations. Pet friendly accommodations are not plentiful.
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. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.