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Old 06-11-2018, 02:17 AM
 
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Hi guys,

im thinking about moving to AL from UK.
Many reasons to be honest, but UK is now full of violence , knife crime and Muslim takeover, Muslim rape squads not being arrested for child sex rapes, protected by Police with uk being a police state now.
its too scary to live here.

If i can ask a few questions.

Im a Christian and i read that AL is a christian state, how true is this?
The only thing which is really troubling me is the cockroach issue i read, the spiders and flying insects.
Im scared of spiders lol and would die if i saw a black widow and a brown cluse.

Are these a big problem in say for example Huntsville?

Do most of the houses have tornado basements?
if i hold a UK driving license for 20 years, would i need to pass my test again or renew?
I read and spoke to a few people that said the people there are so kind, so thats not an issue!
I will be working from home so i would not need to commute for work, so id like to find somewhere nice and remote but about 20 mile to any hospital and food store.

im sure ill be ok with the climate

I would be looking for a place near the north as i can, love mountains and trees!

Sorry for the stupid questions, im totally new to all this. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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Alabama is mostly Christian. Fewer than 1% of the population are Muslim.

Yes, there are huge flying cockroaches, plus regular cockroaches, and venomous spiders such as black widows and brown recluses. Yes, Huntsville has a healthy insect population, however I've only known one person to be bitten by a brown recluse. He does have permanent skin and local muscle damage, but the bite wasn't life threatening.

No, not very many houses have basements, mostly due to a high water table.

I don't know about your drivers' licensing.

The northern part of the State, or really anywhere north of Montgomery, will have mountains (not very high mountains) and everywhere in the State has trees. There are also large wilderness areas and parks throughout the State.

Note that not many remote areas will have good internet service, so be diligent.

Note that the climate will probably be much hotter and more humid than you are expecting.

Also, Alabama is larger than England, but with fewer than 5 million people, as opposed to the more than 50 million people in England. For an idea of the politics, Nigel Farage is popular among Republicans in Alabama.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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thanks alot for your post, really helped me out alot.

really good advice about the internet issue, so ill be sure to check that.
As for the tempreture im used to about 24-28 degrees cel, but i can adapt.

Thanks for the info on the bugs, i read that alot of people pay monthly fee to keep the house fumigated, so if thats an option, ill look into that.

As for the flying cockroaches, hopefully it doesnt effect me too much sitting in the garden chilling

its a learning curve i guess.

I do plan to have multiple visits to stay in around hotels in the area check it all out.
If anyone can suggest a good hotel thats nice and friendly that would be cool.

haha, funny about Nigel Farage, yea love the guy too.

Thanks alot for your info.

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Old 06-11-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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In Birmingham, there are more basements. Fully realizing that this is subject to debate, I would contend that there are areas that are prone to both more tornados and tornados of greater intensity. Check out this site for details: tornadohistoryproject.com.

As far as the bugs are concerned, just make sure you keep up with your insecticide. So far, we haven't seen too many resulting mutant children or anything.

Birmingham and Huntsville are both fun and livable cities with good points and bad. I would recommend driving around both and seeing which one suits you more.
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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24 - 28 Celsius is about 75 - 82 Fahrenheit. It is 92F and 50% humidity in Huntsville today and it's not even Summer yet.
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:22 PM
 
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24 - 28 Celsius is about 75 - 82 Fahrenheit. It is 92F and 50% humidity in Huntsville today and it's not even Summer yet.
But it's a dry heat.

Oh, wait.
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:54 PM
 
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Judging by your post, politically, you should be comfortable in Alabama.

Bugs are controlled by the numerous pest control companies available anywhere in the state. Once initial treatment has started a outside perimeter should be enough to eliminate bugs.

You should be able to acquire a drivers license without a road test. Even if a road test is required, it will be very easy compared to the standard you are used to.

You should have no problem with your search for a remote property.

Good luck with your move.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:31 AM
 
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MinivanDriver: Thanks for the site, ill check it out, awesome.


what would be the best time of the year to visit? to avoid severe weather? Thanks

also, would i need roach spray if im staying in a good hotel, or will it not be an issue?

Reactionary: Yea thats something ill have to get used to, ill take a few weeks over there first to try and adapt.

Tom: Yea tha sound great about the license, had me a bit worried.
Good news about the bugs, hopefully ill do my best to eliminate the spiders and roaches to live in peace abit.
Ill ask in the local hotels about who to go through, i read kirkland is a good company to use and they are in huntsville i believe too.

Ive been doing alot of research and the spiders seem to live in basements in dark corners ect, so ill just have the exterminator to put some stuff down there and just keep it well maintained.

Ive been looking at some homes that are empty and ready to move in, so my guess is that they could be infested abit.
im wondering if its worth having say for example kirkland doing a pre examination before i move in?

Ill be moving with no items as its going to cost a fortune so ill be selling up and be needing to buy furniture and get it delivered, so hopefully there is some good furniture stores in Huntsville and Birmingham that can deliver too, maybe the outskirts.

finally i can ebay.com and amazon.com instead of limited choice on co.uk

sorry for all the questions.

I just cant wait to leave this place.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:17 AM
 
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Tornado 'season' is usually Spring and Fall, but they're unpredictable. I might suggest visiting during the Summer to see if you like the weather. Winters are usually mild; for example, the last time it snowed at my house I had 'drifts' of maybe an inch and it melted by noon. Not even enough to build a small snowman.

Our neighbor 'harry chickpea' wrote a nice pest control post that C-D saw fit to sticky:

//www.city-data.com/forum/house...ug-spider.html

Bugs won't be an issue in a good hotel (they're generally not really an issue - just don't stick your bare hand in a dark hole). There are plenty of national hotel chains. Also, you will need a car - public transportation is practically non-existent and there aren't really any passenger trains.

There are plenty of furniture stores and there won't be any trouble finding a mattress store (local humor - any new shopping center seems to have a mattress store).

You'll enjoy e-bay and Amazon here - online shopping is convenient and shipping is usually fast and inexpensive.

Feel free to ask any question - people here like to help. Also, can you provide an link to an example home in which you're interested? Someone may be able to give you some insights about the area or home-buying / renting in general - there are several realtors who read these posts.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:47 AM
 
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Tornado 'season' is usually Spring and Fall, but they're unpredictable. I might suggest visiting during the Summer to see if you like the weather. Winters are usually mild; for example, the last time it snowed at my house I had 'drifts' of maybe an inch and it melted by noon. Not even enough to build a small snowman.

Our neighbor 'harry chickpea' wrote a nice pest control post that C-D saw fit to sticky:

//www.city-data.com/forum/house...ug-spider.html

Bugs won't be an issue in a good hotel (they're generally not really an issue - just don't stick your bare hand in a dark hole). There are plenty of national hotel chains. Also, you will need a car - public transportation is practically non-existent and there aren't really any passenger trains.

There are plenty of furniture stores and there won't be any trouble finding a mattress store (local humor - any new shopping center seems to have a mattress store).

You'll enjoy e-bay and Amazon here - online shopping is convenient and shipping is usually fast and inexpensive.

Feel free to ask any question - people here like to help. Also, can you provide an link to an example home in which you're interested? Someone may be able to give you some insights about the area or home-buying / renting in general - there are several realtors who read these posts.
Thanks alot!

Thanks for the link about the bugs, that was invaluable read!!
harry chickpea really knows his stuff!!!

Made a lot of notes.

Yes ill be sure to post some of the houses im looking at soon, thanks.

Just to add , do the spiders bite dogs too? I have x2 2 year old border collies.

I plan to put the sticky spider traps everywhere, atleast a few in every room.

I think i might consider, when i see something i really like, to get someone down to install the sticky traps and spray everything so when i arrive there is a better chance to make it a bit more pleasant until i get the non toxic things in place.

Good advice about visiting in the summer time to get an idea, thanks.

Im going to be looking into health insurance ect soon, as UK we just pay one big council tax that covers everything. I think its going to cost about £3500.00 for 3people to visit for about 4 days or so, i do plan to make about 4 or 5 trips before moving there, to get a feel of the area.

Yeah ebay and amazon will be my prime delivery for some basic furniture to get settled.

I do plan to move eventually as a chimney specialist and also work from home doing online accounting. Hope im allowed a visa based on this.

Thanks alot
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