Moving to Mexico and finding a home for rent can be one of the hardest tasks that you face in your newly adopted city. The real estate market is very different from what you may be familiar with from the United States or Canada. It is often compared to the wild west because there is very little oversight into the agents or buying or renting process. Besides the general hurdles when finding a home, you need to be aware of these 4 surprises that could derail your perfect experience once you locate the perfect community and house.
The first thing is more of a cultural thing that you will have to get used to. There is really no avoiding this unless you move to another country. In Mexico, BARKING Dogs are in every neighborhood. Almost every home has a dog as a companion or as security, or both. As I type this, in the middle of the day, I can hear a dog barking.
The second thing you need to brace yourself for, particularly if you are moving to Merida, Mexico, is the mold. Because Merida's weather is a tropical climate with lots of humidity, things that are obstructed from airflow will mold easily. Also, homes that are not properly maintained or sealed will have mold issues. Be careful, particularly if you have respiratory issues. Next, speaking of allergies, Merida is notorious for being a bad place for people with asthma and other respiratory issues, mainly because there is always something in bloom here year round.
Finally, all things creepy and crawly exist in the tropics, and they are bigger and scarier than you've ever seen before. From ants, spiders, and mosquitoes, the bugs are on another level in Merida, Mexico. If you have a fear of insects, make sure you have mosquito screens on all your windows and fumigation, at least quarterly. And for good measure, get the bug swatters that are electrified and plug into the wall. They sell them at the local Wal-Mart or street corner. It's oddly satisfying to swat bugs with the zapper.
Take a look at Part 3 of the Montealban neighborhood walking tour video. Here you can clearly see some examples of some of these gotchas mention in this article.
Until Next Time,
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