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How to Find a Place to Stay when Moving to the Philippines

September 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments

It can be a great challenge for an expatriate to settle in the Philippines. Most expatriates tend to have an overwhelming feeling being in the country for the first time. The expatriate will be experiencing many adjustments particularly to the weather. There are also many people in the Philippines and a lot of traffic as well. However many expatriates have called the Philippines their home as well.

Most expatriates feel that the single primary concern that they are worried about is the place where they would live. The best solution is to find a temporary shelter. There are many hotels in the Philippines particularly in Manila that are also leased for short terms. There are many apartments that are affordable as well. These days one can find towering condominiums that offer cheaper rental rates for anyone.

The arrival of the shipment of the belongings of the expatriate moving in the Philippines usually takes a while and depends on where the expatriate came from. If he came from an Eastern state of the US the shipment of his things can take seven weeks or more before finally arriving in the country. It is a good option to choose a temporary house fully furnished already since the shipment will take some time. The shipment of the expatriate’s belongings will still be checked at customs in the Philippines which lasts a couple of weeks before it is cleared to be checked out. The company where an expatriate works for usually assigns a person to help the expatriate in this process.

Each expatriate who has lived in the Philippines has a different story of moving to the Philippines however one thing is usually common that they had to stay in a temporary house for a while. Being in a temporary house like a hotel will give much convenience to the expatriate and their family. During the stay in the temporary house the expatriate can hunt for a house they intend to stay longer in. The expatriate could request for a renovation besides waiting for the customs to clear their belongings.

Expatriates usually experience a period of transition lasting for months. The hotel is usually a good place to adjust for the first few weeks for the whole family since the people in the hotel can give good service and assistance. There are a few reminders before finally choosing a temporary house:

1.Make sure that the house is an ideal place for the whole family.

2.Make sure that it fits your budget. There is a wide choice of hotels in the Philippines.

3.Consider a location near to the international school for your children.

4.Consider a location near your office and other landmarks like a hospital or a shopping mall.

Tags: Expats

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ayenpom // Sep 5, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Most houses or apartments for rent ask for 2 months advance and 1 month deposit. Filipino contacts before you move in will be a great help.
    In Cebu City where I live, the rental rates really depend on the place. For high-end subdivisions with guards, a 3-rm house would cost about $1000 or more. But there are executive apartments at $350 – $500. Read the local newspaper (Sunstar) on Sundays or click Cebu Classifieds for better choices.

  • 2 kenneth delancey // Jul 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    yes i have been to the philippines recently and have a fiance there now.she is close to my age and i am 54 yers old.i am an american living in california.recently my fiance has brought to my attention a lot for sale and she states the landlady does not require payments every fiance says all that is required is a 5,000 pesos payment and another 5,000 when i arrive there in april this buys me a lot in a subdivision that i can build a house on.of course the 10,000 is not the entire cost.the entire cost is 150,000 pesos.itsounds like its in a good location and i trust my girlfriend but not completely and honestly im a bit worried about the whole thinking some day if she decides she does not want me any longer then she will simply kick me out of the home we build there and i will be out everything.the good thing is that right now im only in it for 5,000 pesos and this gave me the loan on the property.its officially mine right now and i can just build a very inexpensive home on the lot.

  • 3 tony gibson // Sep 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hello to all,
    I would appreciate it if somebody could reccommend a pension house or an apartment for rent for the traveler on a budget? I need temporary housing until I find a permanent apartment.
    thanks in advance.

  • 4 fat loss 4 idiots // Sep 22, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I lived in the Philippines when I was young and totally enjoyed it. The people are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and the hospitality is second to none. That’s the reason why I always plan a trip to the country whenever I can just to enjoy the people, the culture, and of course … the great food!

  • 5 Harry // Nov 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

    At the present, I’m staying in Dipolog City.I chose the wrong place, as the cost is very high.I need a place that is close to town and is cheaper.I intend to live in the Philippines.I’m an American

  • 6 Michael Craddock // May 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hello, I am taking your advice seriously. We are coming to the Philippines sometime in the late summer of 2011. We are hoping to find an affordable home in Tagaytay or a nearby town like Mendez, Alfonso, Amadeo. Silang or whatever we can locate. We obviously are looking for a cooler place. Baguio is nice but seems too expensive. We will be on a very small budget so cost is of primary importance. We understand that most places will be found through word of mouth but we have still done some looking online. Towns such as Santa Rosa, Calamba, Carmona, and others in Cavite are cheaper but usually hotter too. If we can find a transient accommodation in Tagatay that we can rent for a week or more , it would give us more time to search the surrounding area as well as be more affordable. WQe have seen many places like this in Baguio but not Tagaytay. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and wish us luck.

  • 7 Helen // Jul 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Planning to retire in PI, Jan. 2013. Info on obtaining resident visa varies dramatically from website to website. Where can I get step-by-step instructions?

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