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Moving to Mexico – Renting Our 5th Home in Beautiful Michoacan

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Michoacan is a state in the Southern part of Mexico. We live in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico and our moving to Mexico journey began over three years ago. I never thought that we would be in our 5th rental home in only three years.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

There are a few stories behind our rentals and you can find links to them below. They may be of interest to you if you are considering moving to Mexico!

I have high hopes that this 5th home is our last move for several years. I really love this house. It is my favorite home out of all five because of space, price, and our kind landlord. We are paying 6000 pesos a month which at today’s exchange rate is 295 USD.

Right now the exchange rate is 1 peso to 20.36 USD. That changes a little every day and over the past three years it has changed a lot. When we were moving to Mexico in 2013 it was 1 peso to 12.50 USD. Right now we are getting a lot more for our money however it could easily change. That is something to be aware of if you are thinking about moving to Mexico or any other country. Check the exchange rates and the cost-of-living.

So without further ado let me show you our newest home and hopefully our last home for at least several years! I am really tired of moving especially with four children!

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Our bedroom with master bath. All the bedrooms have built-in closets. All of our homes in Mexico have had these so far. Love it!

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Our patio off our bedroom and yes, I killed those hanging plants.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Our upstairs foyer where I have a small desk and the boys have a play area.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Boys room – That window is locked in place with screws. It won’t open any further. I was afraid one of them would fall out or get pushed out…

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Girls room – They also have space for a desk and chair.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Storage closet where we keep our books in the upstairs foyer.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

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Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Downstairs foyer which is another play area for the boys.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Living room – None of the windows have screens. Usually, it’s not a problem. Four out of five of our Mexican homes have been without screens.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Right now we are in the middle of painting all that brown trim white. We are about half done with the downstairs trim and then we are painting upstairs trim.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Last week I bought new dining room chairs! Yea! I am so happy. They look much better than these ugly folding chairs.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Brad made me this simple wine rack off Pinterest. Gotta have priorities ;-)

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Patio doors leading to back yard and our giant mutt, T-Rex.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

My favorite thing about the dining room… a small atrium. It’s actually off the garage and it opens to the sky.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Kitchen complete with fly trap… Honestly they look tacky but they work great!

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Love my tall pantry cabinet – Kitchen opens to the laundry room.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Our big baby that weighs about 100 pounds. At least his bark is furious and he scares off everyone who comes near the front door! Alexis took this and it was too cute not to add…

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Backyard leading to two separate rooms. They both have their own baths.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

School room and guest room. The owner of these belongings was an Australian friend visiting from Northern Mexico.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Exercise room – Possibly a future second guest room.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

That is my laundry room in the back. It is basically a sunroom so I can hang-dry my clothes inside when it rains.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

The garage where we can park our big Yukon Denali. Love it. No more running inside in the rain!

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Front of our house. It’s right on the street. That is our bedroom window upstairs. Not the prettiest design but it’s very common in Mexico. Personally, I love the privacy of having the garage between our living area and the street.

Moving to Mexico - Renting Our 5th Home in Michoacan

Our view from our front door and our upstairs window. What do you think? Is it a good deal? Signing off in Mexico, Tina

    • Susan allard
    • February 13, 2017
    Reply

    I love your home. It is so besutiful and big
    And the price. How do you find such great deals. Wish i was there. Next winter. Yesterday we got 28cm of snow and more to come. Im in ottawa canada

    • Reply

      Thank you, Susan! It helps to live here ;-) So are you planning on moving to Mexico next winter?

        • Susan
        • February 16, 2017
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        Well Tina Marie , since I am flying solo, truthfuly. I have been contemplating a move for a couple of years now. Following various groups and blogs. Still I am planning to spend at least a month in Mexico before committing myself to the unknown. I have only visited a few times , mostly in cancun . And driving with a engineer friend who taught himself Spanish . Drove from vallerosa tobasco to cancun .

        • Reply

          Following groups and blogs is a great way to learn more about life in Mexico, from people who actually live here :-) I would recommend “trying” it for six months versus a month, only because I don’t think a month really allows you to experience the reality of being in Mexico. Does that make sense? A month is like a long vacation. Six months is like “Okay, I live in Mexico.” I am telling my parents the same thing. Remember if this doesn’t become your home… you can always go back home. And it won’t be a failure. It will be an adventure and a life experience!

  1. Reply

    It’s a great deal! Rent for a house like that is around ten or fifteen thousand pesos a month in my area!

    • Cindy
    • February 14, 2017
    Reply

    wow! $295 USD?? That’s crazy! The house is amazing!

  2. Reply

    Here in New Jersey we’re spending over $700 a MONTH just for property taxes. I’m really to move to Mexico!

    • Reply

      Wowza! Yikes! We can’t afford that on my husband’s SSDI. Hey, I know you are traveling soon! Can’t wait to see your latest pics :-)

    • Cassandra Navarro
    • February 18, 2017
    Reply

    Wow that’s a great price. I would love to move to Mexico, my husband has family that lives in La Riconada it’s a few minutes away from Zamora so not to far from you,but anyway I love Mexico we were looking at brand new homes in Zamora in a gated community for 65 thousand it’s so crazy because we are from Northern California and in our area the average houses are like 500,000 such a difference,but my husband isn’t ready to move yet☹️

    • Reply

      There are many Mexicans in our area that have lived in California. Most speak fluent English. I can’t imagine the price difference! I think California is beautiful and I want to take the kids to visit however we couldn’t afford to live there. Kentucky isn’t nearly as expensive as Cali. I am familiar with Zamora… I don’t know if we visited though… I think we only drove through. Hope one day you can move here and experience the tranquility!

    • Fritz Kerr
    • February 20, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Tina…I’ve just recently started following your blog. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to write. My wife and I are seriously considering relocating to Mexico in the next few years. We have out check list of things that we want, but I’m curious to learn what your criteria was for choosing the location you’re currently living. We don’t have kids at home any longer, so schools aren’t really an issue, but what was your criteria?

    Thanks again.

    • Reply

      Two things mainly… One, a place we could help English-speaking people in our Bible ministry. Two, a place with a temperate climate because heat affects my husband’s health. Morelia and Uruapan are both in the mountains in Mexico and have mild climates in comparison to Kentucky. That’s it for us :-)

  3. Reply

    Looks nice and I hope you get to stay there for a few years! You need a break.

    • Reply

      Thank you Haley. We have a room for your family if you can make it down here to visit! Hugs :-)

    • Kevin
    • February 23, 2017
    Reply

    This house is incredible! And what a deal on price!

    We are planning our move, possibly to Puebla, and hope we can find such a beautiful, picturesque house.

    I assume you pay your landlord cash every month? Do you do one large withdrawal when exchange rates are favorable? Does the rent include any utilities or services?

    Best wishes!
    Kevin (your newest subscriber)

    • Reply

      We pay in one lump sum every month and he gives us a receipt. No utilities or services are included. We pay for those separately. And yes, we get our money out once a month and put it in envelopes to use till next payday.

    • Cassandra Martinez
    • March 30, 2017
    Reply

    Love the new Digs!!!

    • Rick Copeland
    • May 13, 2017
    Reply

    Hola, Tina Marie, Thanks for keeping us up to date with your adventures and with all the useful information about moving to Mexico! My wife and I just retired from Hawaii to Ajijic on Lake Chapala. We both love the Mexican people and the culture, but the cobble stone sidewalks and streets here are proving to be too challenging for my wife. Not to mention the constant thick haze. We have researched Uruapan before as a place to settle and we are looking at it again. We would definitely go for a stay before we decide to make the move, but in the meantime there is very very little information available about the realities of daily life there and if there is any expat community, as well as resources for home rentals. If you can be of any assitance, I would sure appreciate it. Muchas gracias!

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