COVID-19 and move: moving house in Turkey amid pandemic


Having previously lived in Istanbul, Fethiye, Çanakkale and Bodrum, I am well on my way to conquering all of Turkey’s most popular cities among the expat community. Now I am adding the beautiful Marmaris region to the mix as I recently moved from Bodrum to its neighboring expatriation center in the east. I have to admit that I had a tumultuous love affair with Bodrum, but I finally decided to quit. As the pandemic continues to emerge and jobs farther and farther away, Bodrum has naturally become a destination in high demand for residents of Turkey’s major cities. The fact that it offers everything you could ask for in a city and has a variety of characteristic destinations within an hour’s drive in virtually any direction means that even a city dweller wouldn’t want bigger attractions. This is especially true; in these difficult times when being able to participate in outdoor activities has become a real virtue.

As a result, Bodrum has become the epicenter of reverse migration as herds and herds of newcomers occupy all homes, let alone roads, and drive up prices for the local residents of this fishing town. once asleep. The balances have certainly changed across the world, however, it really hit home when I was literally kicked out of mine and so it was with a heavy heart that I made the decision to pursue a slower lifestyle. and greener pastures. Fortunately, as any expat in Turkey knows, this country offers many different residential options. So, alas, I decided to try my luck in a village near Marmaris, one of the last expat hubs that I had not yet discovered.

Although Bodrum is in full swing, Marmaris and pretty much every town along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts is experiencing an influx of city dwellers and therefore nowadays finding available accommodation is admittedly difficult. I was not the only one who had the idea of ​​moving, however, if I say so myself, I have been the most successful in finding accommodation. Therefore, I want to share my business tips for finding a home in Turkey for expats and foreigners during the coronavirus era.

Word of mouth is the way

My number one tip should be to try and use word of mouth to find your forever home in Turkey. While there are some extremely useful and informative websites that offer real estate listings, such as sahibinden.com and Sarı Sayfalar from Turkish newspaper Sabah, I have to admit that none, not one, of the 10 fabulous homes I have. rented so far has not been the result. of a classified ad. I realize that for some it is easier than for others, but in Turkey talking to people in the neighborhood you want to live in can be very helpful. I literally stop a person on the street sometimes, if they seem nice and like they understand my call. Otherwise, head straight to the local ‘kahve’ (coffeeshop) and market to ask if they know of anything available. The next step would be to walk up to the offices of the realtors and tell them exactly what you are looking for. People try to skate by employing an agent, but let me tell you, even on sahibinden.com, which literally means “from the owner,” the vast majority of listings have been placed by real estate agents. Plus, finding a property is their job and so they’ll be able to answer your questions and make sure the whole rental transaction goes smoothly. You may need to pay the equivalent of a month’s rent for their services, but when it’s warranted, it’s worth it.

In this Tuesday, July 21, 2020 file photo, workers load boxes onto a moving truck in New York City’s borough of the Bronx for a family leaving their 14th-floor apartment amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo)

Fleeing COVID-19 in the search for a home

As someone extremely paranoid about catching the dreaded coronavirus, looking for a new home was intimidating. Turks tend to act spontaneously, for example, if I asked a cafe owner if he knew of a house, in just five minutes my friend would arrive by car to take me to a house. These are the difficult times of the pandemic, when suddenly a wide variety of practical practices must be curbed. However, I diligently and apologized for sharing a ride and offered to walk to the houses he wanted to show me and we would arrange a while later in the day to meet. As my house search dragged on into a week, I ended up buying a bike so I could meet those who showed me houses even faster. So, stick to your guns and wear your mask during the perils of the property search. No one has ever been offended by my actions and my cautious approach has garnered respect for the contagiousness of the disease which is warranted. As a result, ultimately, everyone involved in my housing hunt would take special care to protect themselves and me, and everyone involved was grateful.

Never let go of your guard

The same rule applies for the actual moving day, when the strictest security measures are needed as the physical act of moving itself could be catastrophic as breeding ground for the virus. Suddenly there are several movers in your house carrying heavy furniture and blowing and blowing and needing air themselves and can sometimes slip out of their masks. I took extra care to make sure there was no reason for me to be inside, adding to the danger of everyone being contagious. In other words, you have to be extremely prepared and finish with all the packing and interior organization before the movers arrive in order to reduce the number of people in an enclosed space. In addition, it is important to dress warmly, as the best practice that can be done when having to share confined spaces is to open all windows and ensure constant air circulation. stake.

Hands down: you will need gloves, soap and cream

Remember how, when the pandemic was first announced, we all took extreme care to wash everything others handled, including our groceries? Do you also remember the time figures presented that the virus could last on various surfaces? Well, when it comes to getting moving, it’s important to remember these realities and stay alert so you don’t touch your face and wash your hands whenever you’ve been in contact with a contagion. Be prepared to have gloves, soap and cream on hand, as the large saran, containers and even cardboard boxes could be a carrier of COVID-19. You will definitely need the hand cream as well as all of the transient materials involved in moving can make your skin dry, as well as constant hand washing when unpacking, so do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a moisturizer. strong and make sure you keep it handy!


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