Raleigh Moving Companies, Raleigh Moving Tips & More
Founded in: 1788
Population: Approx. 402,000 people
Because of Raleigh's abundant oak trees, it has often been said that living in Raleigh is like living in a "park with a city in it." If you're moving to Raleigh, you will likely appreciate how the city is able to merge a thriving commercial center with a breathtaking environmental element. If you can't decide between living in the tree-lined suburbs or taking advantage of city life, Raleigh may offer just what you're looking for – in fact, it will offer you so much more. Here are some ways to make sure you're on top of the game when moving to Raleigh – and that you get the best deals in every aspect of your move.
- Book your Raleigh movers early. In general, most people move to Raleigh during the summer months when temperatures are pleasant and children are out of school. If you're planning on moving during that time, you'll want to make sure you find Raleigh movers who will be available at the exact time you wish to move. It's never too early to start researching Raleigh moving companies and to determine which ones may be best for you. Check with the North Carolina Movers Association to see if potential Raleigh moving services have pledged to abide by the highest moral and professional standards, or if they have any outstanding complaints against them. Cross-check your findings with the Better Business Bureau so there is no doubt as to the reliability of your Raleigh movers. And of course, compare price quotes from multiple Raleigh moving companies to make sure you're getting the best deal for your money. Once you've identified the right Raleigh movers, book them as soon as possible so that you'll be able to focus on other preparations.
- Know your real estate prices. Another good way to make sure you're not taken advantage of when moving to Raleigh is to familiarize yourself with local real estate rates before checking out the houses. If you plan on purchasing, note that the median price for a home in Raleigh is about $202,430, though the average price is only $180,000. If you want to rent first, note that the average price for a 1-bedroom home is $690/month, while a 3+bedroom home costs an average of $1033. If your Raleigh realtor tries to request a price that is drastically out of that range, try and negotiate the price or find yourself a more honest realtor.
- Consider your home insurance rates in Raleigh before committing to a home. North Carolina home insurance rates are relatively low, with the average monthly rate (as of April 2010) falling just under $530/month. And, while most homes in the city are an average of 363 feet above sea level, you may still want to consider paying for additional flood insurance. If you're wary about taking advice directly from an insurance agent, speak to neighbors about what type of insurance riders and extras they have to see which ones may be right for you.
- Consider your transportation needs. Commuting is an issue that many people don't consider until they're already settled in Raleigh. However, if you're moving to Raleigh you should consider that the public transportation options within the city are rather limited, despite an incentive that some lines run for free. Before settling on a neighborhood in Raleigh, consider if one of the city's 38 bus lines arrives there, or whether you'll need to commute by car. Think about the convenience and the cost of such a commute.
- Be aware of local and state tax rates before agreeing to a specific salary. While you are preparing your finances before your move, make sure that you're familiar with North Carolina's tax policy before you accept a salary that will be diminished by taxes. North Carolina has only 3 tax brackets, the lowest of which is 6% and the highest of which is 7.75%. In addition, the sales tax in Raleigh is 6.55% on all eligible purchases.
The average cost of living in Raleigh is about 5.76% higher than the national average cost of living, so planning your finances in advance is a good way to ensure that you'll manage once you've moved. But don't let the expense deter you – the city's unemployment rate is lower than the national average and Raleigh is recognized as a city with diverse employment options. With a bit of financial planning you should have no problems moving to Raleigh successfully.