Proximity to work, school, and friends/colleagues are all important factors. Also, it's important to select an area that suits your lifestyle.
Expats live all over the city; however many are finding housing in the Western, South western, South eastern and Northern areas of Houston. The names of these larger areas are: Katy, Memorial area, Sugarland, Clear Lake and The Woodlands. Houston's inner city is very popular among younger people.
In the suburban areas people typically live in houses, but apartments are also available. The more metropolitan areas have a larger variety of apartment complexes and town houses or condominiums.
Expats who are not going to live in Houston for more than about three years typically do not buy. However, some newcomers do feel that the cost of purchasing a home in Houston is affordable and buy anyway.
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?
You will probably have to furnish a deposit equal to one month's rent -- sometimes more.
Although 'all bills paid' housing is available, utilities are typically not included.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
For apartment living, one might want to look for communities that are gated.
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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