How to Move to Houston Smoothly

Houston, the largest city in Texas, is a culturally and a racially diverse city of over two million people. Currently behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in terms of population, living in this city is perhaps one of best decisions you could ever make. Compared to other cities, it is still fast growing and the economy is booming, given that there are numerous companies, especially in the energy sector, that are in the city. However, before you plan on moving, make sure to follow these steps!

Steps

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    Plan ahead. People that move to Houston usually have two reasons for moving in: first is to start their professional and independent lives in the city, while second is to study, whether in the University of Houston or in Rice University. Regardless of your purpose, be sure to plan ahead and start saving up – you will certainly need it. Save at least a few thousand dollars even before you start on an apartment hunt.
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    Ask help from a real estate company. Once you've saved up and will finally go on an apartment hunt, do so with the help of a real estate company. They will help you find a suitable place to live in, especially if you are looking for a specific place that can suit your needs. They can also inform you about the background of the area or the neighborhood, and can give you the best deals and bargains to allow you to start off in a smooth way.
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    Tour the properties. Nope, don't just research the place you're looking for online – fly off or drive to Houston and personally visit the apartments and properties. Meeting up with a real estate agent is an imperative. This will give you an invaluable chance to know which apartment you actually need and will answer the following questions: is it near your office/university? Does the area have a nearby convenience store? Aside from which, be sure that the property itself has enough space, all the basic utilities, like water, electricity, heating, cooling and of course, an Internet connection (which is now a need, not a privilege).
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    Make sure you have an effective mode of transportation. Houston is a big city, which is why this is crucial. Having said that, it is always a good idea to rent an apartment near your office or university – just a ten minute walk or a bike ride away. Why? Well, traffic can get pretty bad, especially in the highways. You may not have your own car in your early days in Houston, so just get a bike and use the city's public transportation (buses and a metro rail transit).
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    Indulge yourself in the city's culture and events once you've moved in. As mentioned earlier, Houston is a culturally diverse city. Asian influences standout, as well as Hispanic ones along with Native American cultures. There are also museums, especially in the Montrose area. Houston is also home to four professional sports teams: the Dynamos in the Major League Soccer, Rockets in the National Basketball Association, Astros in the Major League baseball and the Texans in the National Football League.

Tips

  • Be sure to follow the above mentioned tips and procedures if you want to easily integrate into the society. Remember, if you're living in an entirely new area, be sure to keep an open mind in order to adjust quickly!

Things You'll Need

  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes (for work, school and rest)
  • Downsized pieces of furniture - small tables and sofas
  • Microwave oven
  • Mini-fridge

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