Nashville Moving Tips & Tricks
Founded in: 1806
Population: Approx. 626,000 people
If you're a country music fan, you'll love moving to Nashville purely because of the city's rich musical heritage. And if you're not a country music fan... well... you may want to become one before moving to Nashville. In addition to hosting the Grand Ole Opry, multiple annual festivals and numerous art galleries, Nashville has a public school system filled with qualified teachers and over a dozen private and religious schools for parents to choose from. Taken together, you can easily see that the city has a rich cultural, historic and educational makeup that makes it a wonderful place to live. When moving to Nashville, keep in mind that even though it's the 26th largest city in the nation, the city's southern location introduces a calm, relaxed nature that is uncommon in many other large cities. Use the Nashville moving guide below to bring your own sense of calm to Nashville.
Finding Nashville Movers
Because Tennessee doesn't have its own movers association, finding trustworthy Nashville movers will require a bit more legwork than finding movers to other cities. Still, with the right research you should be able to confirm whether the Nashville movers of your choice will be dependable. You should start your search by checking with the American Movers & Storage Association to see if they'll give you a list of certified Nashville moving companies. Choose at least three companies from this list to receive in-person quotes from. In addition to receiving price quotes from multiple Nashville moving companies, you should also ask which insurance company they use, and check with that company to see if the mover has any claims against him. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that there are no serious complaints lodged against the Nashville moving company that you're planning on hiring. Finally, look for reviews of Nashville movers online so that you can see personal stories from people who have used different moving companies. With the right research and multiple options to choose from, you should definitely be able to secure Nashville moving services that you'll be comfortable with.
The Costs of Living in Nashville
An important element of moving to Nashville successfully is being able to create a new budget based on your new living expenses. If you aren't sure whether to buy a home or rent one, here are some things to consider:
- The average rental rate for a 1-bedroom apartment in Nashville is $692/month.
- The average rental rate for a 3+ bedroom home in Nashville is $1020/month.
- The average price when purchasing a home in Nashville is $158,000.
Tennessee is one of seven states that do not impose a personal income tax on its residents. This, of course, is a huge benefit of moving to Nashville. You should note, however, that sales tax can be up to 9% on taxable items and that you will still be required to pay tax on income from stocks and bonds after the first $1,250.
Finally, you should keep in mind that the average cost of living in Nashville is about 10% lower than the national average cost of living.
Commuting in Nashville
Nashville's public transportation system leaves much to be desired, so you may want to consider keeping a car in order to get to work in Nashville. The city does operate a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that operates around 30 bus routes, but not all of them reach every suburb. There are no subways or trains that travel throughout Nashville.
Despite the lack of adequate public transportation, living in Nashville is actually quite convenient. The city houses Nashville International Airport which services dozens of cities worldwide and operates 15 airlines from its runways. In addition, Nashville is easily accessible through several interstate highways.