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Old 12-24-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: The Woodlands, TX via NJ of course
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We're also moving to Houston from NJ (Essex County) in March. I've lived in many places and pretty much liked all of them, including NJ. It's beautiful here, but yes expensive. We're moving mostly because of the weather (HATE the winters, and lower cost of living). We haven't started looking into movers yet.

We're aiming for The Woodlands, though my husband is more into the Klein area because you get more space for your money there. We have a 4 year old (5 in April) and I'm going to be working remotely (currently in process) so thankfully no commute. My husband would probably work from home a lot as he mostly works with people in Memphis and London, but will probably utilize his company's Houston office as well.

We've done a lot of research and are ready to finally do it! I've been looking for jobs since the summer but nothing worked out so requested working remotely and my boss was happy to do it. So fingers crossed, we'll be in Houston in March.
Hey there, I am from Bloomfield as well and moved to Houston TX 7 years ago. You will truly appreciate the lower cost of living. I am sometimes still frustrated about having to drive everywhere. I appreciate NJ Transit and the subway when I had it available to me. We are currently renting The Woodlands with the intent to either purchase here or Spring (zip codes 77385 or 77386) next year. A hearty welcome to you in advance.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:39 PM
 
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Hey there, I am from Bloomfield as well and moved to Houston TX 7 years ago. You will truly appreciate the lower cost of living. I am sometimes still frustrated about having to drive everywhere. I appreciate NJ Transit and the subway when I had it available to me. We are currently renting The Woodlands with the intent to either purchase here or Spring (zip codes 77385 or 77386) next year. A hearty welcome to you in advance.
Thank you so much for your feedback!

I actually have no problem with driving everywhere, that’s what I do around where I live in NJ. If you don’t mind me asking, how much are you paying for how big of a house in the woodlands? I’ve been looking for houses to rent in the woodlands that are not over 30-40 mins drive from Bush international.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: The Woodlands, TX via NJ of course
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Actually, we decided to purchase just across the highway from The Woodlands in 77386 (Spring-Montgomery County side) in a subdivision called Harmony. It’s still within Conroe ISD and has new construction homes. We are just getting started back in the housing market again after having property over 7 yrs ago in Jersey so we are paying 218K for a 4bd 2 ba new construction home. Harmony has homes from $200K-$600K. I do love The Woodlands, do not get me wrong. It’s just that most homes tend to be older in most of the neighborhoods and we did not want to deal with potential repair costs at this time. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any other questions.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:31 PM
 
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Hi all,

We’re currently in NJ and will be moving to Houston within a couple of month and I was wondering if anyone here can help me with picking a moving company (furniture & cars), and if there are any tips on what I should be careful with when picking a moving cmpany ... etc.

Also, if you moved from NJ to Houston, how do you like it so far?! Do you love it? Hate it? Why?

Thanks in advance 😊
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We're also moving to Houston from NJ (Essex County) in March. I've lived in many places and pretty much liked all of them, including NJ. It's beautiful here, but yes expensive. We're moving mostly because of the weather (HATE the winters, and lower cost of living). We haven't started looking into movers yet.

We're aiming for The Woodlands, though my husband is more into the Klein area because you get more space for your money there. We have a 4 year old (5 in April) and I'm going to be working remotely (currently in process) so thankfully no commute. My husband would probably work from home a lot as he mostly works with people in Memphis and London, but will probably utilize his company's Houston office as well.

We've done a lot of research and are ready to finally do it! I've been looking for jobs since the summer but nothing worked out so requested working remotely and my boss was happy to do it. So fingers crossed, we'll be in Houston in March.

Did you guys move? Let me know how it went. Is transporting cars expensive with household things?
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Did you guys move? Let me know how it went. Is transporting cars expensive with household things?
Not yet. We are figuring all that out now, as we plan to move end of March. We just returned from Houston yesterday and are putting in an offer on a house in Cypress (77429). We liked Klein but the house we wanted in Champion Forest wasn't budging. It was a really nice feel though. The Woodlands is a little odd (but nice) as I guess I was expecting more tree lined streets as opposed to woods on the main thoroughfares.

I will keep you updated. We do plan to transport one car, a grand piano and a few household things. Our furniture is mostly crap now and will be replaced.
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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Not yet. We are figuring all that out now, as we plan to move end of March. We just returned from Houston yesterday and are putting in an offer on a house in Cypress (77429). We liked Klein but the house we wanted in Champion Forest wasn't budging. It was a really nice feel though. The Woodlands is a little odd (but nice) as I guess I was expecting more tree lined streets as opposed to woods on the main thoroughfares.

I will keep you updated. We do plan to transport one car, a grand piano and a few household things. Our furniture is mostly crap now and will be replaced.

We will be moving end of June. I hope you can share your info and experience once you have moved. We may also transport a car alongwith household item and very less furniture.

Can you tell me a little bit in detail about when you said, "The Woodlands is a little odd (but nice)"? I do see that youwe mentioned about tree lined street vs woods on the main thoroughfare, but I did not understand your comment.

How many days was this recent visit of yours? Also, ALL the people I have spoken to have suggested us to rent for 6 mths to 1 year to get to know the area. I am trying to understand your reasoning to buy without renting. I too want to just buy and get done with instead of moving again from a rental to our own home in a year's time, but everyone is discouraging me. How many days did you spend looking at house during this visit? Was this your 2nd or 3rd visit to look for a house to buy?
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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I think that, IF you know, you staying here for years and know where you want to live, theoretically you don't have to rent. I didn't. We moved here over a decade ago from NY and built our first house, where we lived for years. Of course, it's better to rent first, to know the area better and have time to decide, what area you really want to live in. But nobody force you to do it:-)
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:59 PM
 
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I think that, IF you know, you staying here for years and know where you want to live, theoretically you don't have to rent. I didn't. We moved here over a decade ago from NY and built our first house, where we lived for years. Of course, it's better to rent first, to know the area better and have time to decide, what area you really want to live in. But nobody force you to do it:-)
I think it also depends on your personality/tolerance. If you are the kind of person that can live in multiple areas/neighborhoods and be happy/make the best of it, then you are more likely to be happy buying someone right away. If you have a very specific idea of what you want in a neighborhood, you probably need to do more research. Also, if the idea of moving again in 2 years doesn't bother you, then sure, why not buy? But if you're like me and you have decided you are going to leave your current house in a body bag, then you better be sure you like where you land.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Yea, we pretty much have the kind of personality PinkLadyK described. We do not plan to move in a few years though. Also we've done similar research and moved to a few different places (Toronto, New York and London) and loved the areas we chose. Yes, we rented in those places, but wished we could buy if we wanted to (we couldn't afford to). I've done so much research that I'm tired of the whole thing. I just want to move and be done. I just heard tonight that there are apparently multiple offers on the house we chose...sigh!!! If we don't get it, I guess we rent first as we're not visiting again before the move.

My recent visit was for a week. My research has been going on for 2 years. I have moved around a decent amount and just don't want to have to do so twice in a short period of time.

I do think it's a great idea to rent for a few months before you decide where to buy though. I'm just not taking that advice at this time.

Regarding The Woodlands, I was just expecting something similar to what I see in the Northeast. Tree lined streets, rather than woods just completing blocking off retail/offices/streets/whatever. It doesn't mean it's bad. Just my expectation was different.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:39 PM
 
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Yea, we pretty much have the kind of personality PinkLadyK described. We do not plan to move in a few years though. Also we've done similar research and moved to a few different places (Toronto, New York and London) and loved the areas we chose. Yes, we rented in those places, but wished we could buy if we wanted to (we couldn't afford to). I've done so much research that I'm tired of the whole thing. I just want to move and be done. I just heard tonight that there are apparently multiple offers on the house we chose...sigh!!! If we don't get it, I guess we rent first as we're not visiting again before the move.

My recent visit was for a week. My research has been going on for 2 years. I have moved around a decent amount and just don't want to have to do so twice in a short period of time.

I do think it's a great idea to rent for a few months before you decide where to buy though. I'm just not taking that advice at this time.

Regarding The Woodlands, I was just expecting something similar to what I see in the Northeast. Tree lined streets, rather than woods just completing blocking off retail/offices/streets/whatever. It doesn't mean it's bad. Just my expectation was different.
South will not look like Northeast:-) but I understand, we're from NY:-)
People from NE usually like TW.
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