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Residents then bring their concerns to the City for resolution together. This initiative allows City government to establish deep relationships within Houston’s diverse communities.
The Super Neighborhood Council acts as the medium where business owners and residents discuss ideas and issues, prioritize development projects and formulate Super Neighborhood Action Plans that outline and direct their goals. Some Super Neighborhoods have even decided to join forces to better serve their populations.
At Taylor Real Estate Group, Inc we understand that moving to a new city can be stressful. Our relocation services give you peace of mind so that you can get to know your new town before you even arrive.
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Timing the closing of your new home purchase with the end of your lease agreement or sale of your existing home can prove tricky. In the event that you have a transition period between moving from one home to another, you’ll need a place to live and store your belongings. In addition, you need the flexibility to move at a moment’s notice — all while living, working, attending school, or running a business. Here are a few tips that might smooth the transition.
As soon as you know that there will be a break between leaving one home and moving into the other, move as many bills, bank statements and important communications to online bill pay as possible. Do not risk having your important mail delivered to an empty house. For those items not receivable online, and especially if you receive business mail at home, consider changing your address to that of a trusted family member. If that is not possible, you might rent a mailbox. Both the US Postal Service and private mailbox providers like the UPS Store offer personal and business mailboxes along with other services. Private mailbox services can sign for deliveries and notify you when you receive packages. If your transition period is short, the USPS will hold your mail for several weeks.
When you have a transition, consider packing items to store, and leaving out the things you’ll need to use during those days or weeks between one place and another. Of course, you can’t plan for every contingency—weather changes, a child’s school project, an unplanned business trip—but you can mitigate some of the inconvenience by keeping some items accessible. One option is to rent a storage unit, placing furniture and other large items in the back and keeping dressers or storage boxes with seasonal clothing, school and craft supplies, and travel items within reach of the doorway.
Take the time to contact service providers such as Internet, cable or satellite, electricity and natural gas, newspaper, and landline phones to see if they offer options for suspending services until you transfer them to your new home. For instance, if you have an online account with Houston’s city water service, you can stop service at your old home and start water service in your new home at the click of a button.
If your transition will last just a few weeks, you might consider accepting the hospitality of family or friends. If you work from home, have children, or just require your own space and privacy, however, there are other options. Our agents can help you locate the perfect temporary situation.
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The Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (Houston CMSA) is comprised of eight counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.
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New residents can legally drive on an unexpired U.S. state, U.S. territory or foreign driver’s license for 90 days. During those 90 days, you must apply for a Texas driver’s license to continue to drive legally. Individuals age 18 and over who hold a valid, unexpired driver’s license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory, Canada, France, South Korea or Germany (countries with whom Texas has license reciprocity agreements), will not have to take either the knowledge test or the driving test.
An individual with a valid, unexpired learner’s license from Canada, France, South Korea or Germany must take the driving test but not the knowledge test.
Individuals holding driver’s licenses from any country other than the US, Canada, France, South Korea or Germany must take the both knowledge and driving tests.
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Are you a foreign national relocating to Houston? Ninety-two countries have consular offices located in the Houston area. Click here to find your local embassy or consulate.