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 proximity to basic needs. One of the major factors is the driving distance from home to work and the proximity to your children's school since Dhaka is heavily congested during office hours. Make sure there are facilities for groceries, vegetables, meat and medicines close by.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Dhaka city is the most preferred location for corporates, embassies and recently there have been some places which have developed that tend to attract expats. Most popular expat preferred localities are Baridhara, Gulshan, Banani, Basundhora
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Typically, most expatriates prefer to rent their 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?
A security deposit of 6 months of the advance rent may be required. Rentals are either paid monthly, quarterly, half yearly or 12 months in advance. There are no fixed norms and it differs from case to case.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Normally, utilities are additional to rental prices.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
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. It is also prudent to always lock your house and car when you are not there.
In case you decide to live in a single house type rather than in an apartment 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.
Also, it is recommended that you chose to stay in the expat preferred communities. One should be watchful that there are no drains around the house, as they can create a problem with mosquitoes.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
Bringing own appliance is advisable as most furnished apartments won’t have well running quality appliances. Type C plug is used widely and 220-240 v electricity
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
The process of searching for suitable accommodation could take some time and is sometimes frustrating. Ideally, the process should be started a few weeks before the start of the assignment. A preview trip arranged through Crown Dhaka is highly recommended. It is a common practice that owners clean, paint and repair after the deal is finalized. If you opt to take a long-term lease (two to four years), you can request what you wish to be worked on. However, this practice often results in delays in moving into the house.
There are a few things one must do before taking possession of the premises. A round of thorough cleaning is a must. It would also be advisable to have the entire premises treated by the pest control company before moving in. All electrical points and appliances should be checked for functionality.
Water pressure should be checked as well. Gas is supplied in cylinders or bottles through a neighborhood dealer; it is advisable that you keep one extra cylinder on hand as backup.
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.