Hello Mr. Duval,
I am sure you are happy to hear from all of us who are ready to help you.
Since you are specific about the commute, I would first need to find out where your new job is located. This helps us determine a few areas that you can choose from, and still search per your specifications.
I would also like to find out what your budget is per month, so we can cater the search based on that. Landlords also specify whether they allow smoking or not, just as they do with pets.
Will you be in Houston before the move to look for some places? Also, it would be a really good idea to start looking right away. If you would like to know the process of the rental transactions, I would be happy to explain.