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 and individual needs. Depending on your preferences, you might want to find a place close to work, school, shops, medical facilities and entertainment. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Santiago.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Some of the most popular neighborhoods around the city are:
- La Dehesa
- Lo Barnechea
- Las Condes
Single-family homes can be found in these neighborhoods and they are all located close to medical centers, grocery stores and schools.
Most expatriates tend to rent their homes instead of buying. Depending on your length of stay, you will want to rent until you become familiar with the area then you can better decide where to purchase.
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?
In most cases, you will have to make a deposit of one month’s rent in advance. This amount will be reimbursed at the end of the contract as long as the rental unit is left in good condition. It is also necessary to pay a real estate commission of 50 percent of the value of one month’s rent.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Utilities are normally an additional expense. The specific “gastos communes” are also additional.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
For the most part, Santiago is a safe city, but it is recommended that you check 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.
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 Chile is 220 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50.
Below are examples of the types of plugs that are used in Chile:
Type C plug - Round pin attachment plug
NOTE: Type C plugs can also be used with E and F and some L receptacles. This type of plug is very common in most universal adaptor sets.
(Though the diagram shows a circular plug, quite often Type C plugs have a rectangular shape, as in the photo above.)
Type L - Round pins with round grounding pin (in-line)
Three-pin plug connections will require adaptors, which are easy to find
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
It’s always good to be informed about the new location you choose to move to. It is recommended that you do as much research as possible before choosing a specific area. Get feedback from the local real estate agents as well as the permanent residents on the most preferred and safest neighborhoods. No matter where you live, it is always best to be safe. A good tip is to always change the locks on your new home before moving in and add a deadbolt.
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.