Answers for your Moving Concerns

by Judy King 8. April 2010 23:17

Are these questions similar to your concerns as you think about living at Lake Chapala ?

  • What do I have to do to bring my dogs to Mexico?
  • What do I do about my mail?
  • Can I just have my car shipped down to Mexico while I fly in?
  • Is it safe to have drinks with ice?
  • Where can I buy equipal furniture?
  • What are my options for health insurance in Mexico?
  • Where can I find real Mexican food?
  • If you have to drink purified water, how do you manage to safely have a shower or wash the dishes?
  • What kinds of creepy crawlies do you have here?
  • Is it safe to shop in the weekly tianguis (outdoor market)?
  • Where should I go and what should I see while I’m in Mexico?
  • Financially does it make more sense to drive down here or buy a car here?
  • What are the options for TV; can I get the channels I want to watch?

  Each week since January 2002, we’ve fielded questions like these and a whole lot more during the Mexico Insights Newcomers Seminar sessions. The small groups of foreigners meet with us every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the restaurant of La Nueva Posada in Ajijic.

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The truth is that we tell it like it is in these information-packed three-hour sessions.

  • We sharing vital information folks need to make an educated decision about moving to Lakeside
  • We help folks find the information they need to get here less stressful
  • We explain enough to help lower the overwhelm levels for those who have just arrived.

Here’s an interesting fact

Occasionally Lakeside residents who’ve lived here for several years come to sit in one of our sessions to see what we’re presenting and how we’re doing. They’re often shocked to realize that we offer information and answers to questions and problems that they couldn’t address.

Each Session is Adjusted for the Participants

We fine tune each session to match the participants, allowing those at the meeting to choose from a list of potential topics so we can cut right to their most pressing concerns. ; nearly always we spend a great deal of the session talking about the most common concerns of folks thinking of living at Lake Chapala – part time or full time including:

  • DSC00208 Cost of Living
  • Cultural Differences
  • Money and Banking
  • Food and Drink
  • Immigration
  • Crossing the Border
  • Lakeside Climate
  • Moving your Stuff
  • Bringing your Animals
  • Cars, Driving and Insurance
  • Health Care and Insurance
  • Public Transportation
  • Renting Homes
  • Purchasing Property
  • Safety
  • Events, Holidays and Activities
  • Getting Acquainted
  • Pitfalls, Tips, and Problems

Yes, We Do Charge for the Seminar

There’s a minimal fee to attend this session -- $40 US for a couple, $25 US for a single – and that includes your coffee, a 40-page handout book, and our personalized service as your email mentor as you prepare for your move and get settled. We also invite participants to return as alumni to sit in on one more session – without charge.

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And here’s the Mexico Insights guarantee:

If we don’t answer at least three questions you didn’t know you should ask, we’ll refund your money! You can’t do much better than that!

Guess what? No one has asked for their money back, and many mention that  we’ve answered more than those three magic questions they didn’t know to ask – in the first 30 minutes. 

You Don’t Have to Reserve a Spot…But…

It’s fun for us to know when you are coming, so send us an email: info@mexico-insights.com and we’ll add you to  the list for that week. Then we’ll be looking forward to seeing you in the restaurant area of La Nueva Posada in Ajijic for your informational, fun seminar.


Judy King is publisher of Mexico Insights—Living at Lake Chapala, a monthly online magazine for people interested in Mexico's Lake Chapala region, in the state of Jalisco.

Judy, a 19-year resident of Ajijic on Lake Chapala's north shore, conducts weekly newcomer's seminars and shares her expertise about Mexico in her ezine at www.mexico-insights.com, and in the "Mexico Lindo" column of the Lake Chapala Review.

Judy also is a speaker for local organizations and visiting tour groups about the Lakeside area about Mexican customs and holidays.

Moving your Stuff to Lake Chapala

by Judy King 29. January 2010 22:24

 april house-diana 045 Folks moving to Lake Chapala worry more about how much of the "stuff" to bring to Mexico as they do the decision to move here and leave their friends and family behind.

If It Fits in the Car

If you plan to just bring what will fit in your car, you can obtain a visitor's document (the FM-T) at the Mexican border crossing and then get your long-term immigration visa (FM-3) during the 180 days you are allowed to remain in the country on that temporary document.

Mexican law allows each person to import (duty free) your clothes, used personal items and $50 US in new merchandise when you drive into the country.

Each person may also bring a number of duty free items including:

  • 1 camera
  • 1 computer—laptop or desk top
  • Books and magazines
  • Medicines for personal use
  • 20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco
  • 3 liters of wine, beer or liquor
  • 1 pair binoculars
  • 1TV, under 12 inches
  • 1 portable radio/recorder
  • 1 DVD player
  • 20 CDs, DVDs or cassette tapes
  • 1 musical instrument
  • Camping gear and tent and one set of fishing gear
  • 5 toys
  • 1 pair of skis
  • 1 pair of tennis racquets
  • 1 surfboard or sailboard

If You Bring That Mattress, You'll Need a Moving Company

april house-diana 043 If you decide to bring even one item that doesn’t fit in the car, you'll need a moving company. You’ll also need to obtain an FM-3 (long-term immigration status) and a Menaje de Casa (the permit that allows you to bring your goods into Mexico duty free). Both of these documents can be obtained at the Mexican Consulate's office nearest your home.

Watch the timing—you have to be in the country with your FM-3 within 180 days of the issue date. You only have 90 days after issue of the Menaje de Case to get the load into the country.

Those famous north of the border moving companies are great if you are going from one state to another or need crates of your stuff taken to the seacoasts and the ship that’ll take your stuff to Europe.

I'm convinced you need a moving specialist to handle those pesky details when it comes to driving a load of your stuff across the Mexican border. We consistently hear great reports about Strom-White Moving. Doug and Teresa White give every shipment a lot of extra attention.

Read the Rules and Regulations, and Questions and Answers sections at the Strom-White Moving website. You'll find a wealth of other information at the site.

Whether you fly into the Guadalajara airport with a toothbrush and a change of underwear, drive a car full of your treasures across the border or fill a 48-foot trailer with your furniture, be sure you know and obey the rules…it’s the best way to go.

More Mexico Insights Moving Tips:

For detailed information about moving your stuff and all facets of moving to Mexico, attend a Mexico Insights Newcomers Seminar.

If we don’t answer three questions you didn’t know to ask, we’ll refund your fee in full!

Seminars are held at 10 a.m. every Thursday at La Nueva Posada in Ajijic.  The fee, $25 US for singles and $40 US per couple, includes a comprehensive handout book and refreshments

For more information email us:  info@mexico-insights.com


Judy King is publisher of Mexico Insights—Living at Lake Chapala, a monthly online magazine for people interested in Mexico's Lake Chapala region, in the state of Jalisco.

Judy, a 19-year resident of Ajijic on Lake Chapala's north shore, conducts weekly newcomer's seminars and shares her expertise about Mexico in her ezine at www.mexico-insights.com, and in the "Mexico Lindo" column of the Lake Chapala Review.

Judy also is a speaker for local organizations and visiting tour groups about the Lakeside area about Mexican customs and holidays.

About Judy King

Judy King

Hi There — Welcome to my little corner of the world. I'm Judy King and I live in the centuries-old village of Ajijic on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest natural lake.

I've lived here full time since 1990, and... [ more ]

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