Best Reasons to Move to Philadelphia

Moving house is a big deal. It takes lots of planning, packing, time and money. While all of these things may be true, sometimes you just want to pick a new place to live so you can start fresh. But when the urge to move strikes, where exactly do you move to? The United States has a lot of great places, and while this can be exciting, it can also make the decision process rather difficult. Should you move west to San Francisco, south to Nashville, or northeast to New York? Maybe you should go somewhere in the middle? While all of these locations offer some worthy perks, have you ever considered moving to Philadelphia? Whether you have or you haven’t, here are some of the best reasons to move to this cool city.

Affordability

When you think of East Coast cities, you may think they are too costly for you. Sure, this may be true for places like New York City, but there are many areas in this region where the cost of living is affordable – Philadelphia is one of them. In fact, the cost of living in Philadelphia is significantly lower than other East Coast cities. Over the past few years, Philadelphia has seen a rapid development with a generous increase of trendy shops and restaurants boosting the appeal of its city. When this happens, the cost of living tends to go up. So why exactly is Philadelphia so affordable? The answer is this – the value of homes has basically stayed the same. This is great news because homeowners are able to get great deals on houses, all while having access to a city that continues to expand and thrive.

Another perk is that while the trendiest clubs and restaurants in cities like NYC will have you spending an entire paycheck on a meal or a few fancy cocktails, Philadelphia’s top-notch hot spots are affordably priced.

Easy Transportation

When it comes to living in a city, you want to be able to get around town with ease. This is one area where Philadelphia definitely shines. Philly is equipped with an excellent public transit system with trains, electric trolleys, subways and buses that can be taken all over the city. Plus, coming in fourth place in the ranking of the most walkable cities in the country, you can save big on money because you don’t really need to own a car.

Great Location

For many, location is key to enjoying where they live. This is why so many people like living in Philadelphia. The weather is one example. With its central location within the state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia rarely faces extreme weather conditions or natural disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Philadelphia also has the third-largest student concentration on the East Coast. With 80 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools, you’ll be close to a number of the most top-rated schools in the country, including UPenn, Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design.

Craving a weekend away in another fun-filled city? Why not? Travel is great for the soul. Living in Philadelphia means you are just a hop, skip and jump away from exciting cities like New York, Boston and Delaware.

Culture

Another reason Philadelphia may be for you is because of its richness in culture. As you may remember form those high school history books way back when, Philadelphia holds a rather prominent spot in American
history. Here you’ll find many national historic sites, such as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell – two of the city’s most famous attractions.

Philadelphia is also home to an incredible list of history museums. You’ll find the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and many more.

There are also several science museums and the United States’ first ever zoo and hospital.

Abundant Greenery

Do you like the great outdoors? Then Philadelphia will make a wonderful place to live. While many cities offer mostly building after building, sidewalk after sidewalk, Philadelphia actually offers an abundance of greenery. Within this bustling city, you’ll find ample green spaces, like Rittenhouse and Washington Square Parks. There is also Fairmont Park, the largest city-owned park in the nation. Stretching 9,200 acres, this park offers miles of trails and access to the Schuylkill River.

No matter where you decide to move, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your relocation a success!

Moving from Small Town to Big City: Steps to Take (Part 2)

imagesAs you learned in our previous blog “Moving from Small Town to Big City: The Pros and Cons (Part 1 of 2)”, moving from a small town to a big city is hard. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a world that’s bigger, faster and full of greater expectations. Before you make the final decision to move to a big city, there are several things to consider and do first. Here are some tips to help you move from the comfort zone of a small town to the unknown of a big city and settle into your new life quickly and easily.

Research the Area

Before jumping in the moving truck and heading for the big-city lights, it’s important to research the area well. The internet will serve you well as a research aidresearch area - PHOTO, but you may want to take your research even further by contacting family members, friends and colleagues, and even acquaintances you may have in the city you intend to move to. Here are some things to find out:

  1. Which neighborhoods are friendly and safe, as well as convenient to local amenities.
  2. What areas to stay away from.
  3. If there are any activities you can attend for free
  4. What are the best/most affordable places/areas to shop, eat, practice your hobby, etc.
  5. How much they spend on groceries, utilities, gasoline, entertainment, etc. per month.

Here are some other important things to do when researching your new city:

  • Review different maps to become familiar with the city, the public transit system, and other important places (hospitals, schools, etc.).
  • Research available housing options, and find a place you can afford.
  • Research employment options (Unless you are already employed, of course!). Don’t dismiss the idea of taking on temporary work so you are able to support yourself financially while looking for a more permanent position/career.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations, especially parking rules and traffic regulations.
  • Familiarize yourself with the etiquette and social practices in your new area.
  • Find out what the weather conditions are like in your new city. Learn the average temperature each month as well as the climatic conditions you can expect during different seasons.

Plan and Secure Your Finances

Moving is costly, and moving to a big city only adds to the expenses. This is why it’s important to plan and secure your finances before you plan finances - PHOTOactually move. To avoid financial troubles when moving to a big city, you will need to get a realistic idea of how much money you are going to need for your relocation. Here are some ways to get your finances in order prior to your move:

  • Make sure you have enough savings to cover your living expenses for at least four to six months.
  • Find an affordable place to rent. There are lots of temptations in a big, new city, but don’t rent something you can’t actually afford. Your monthly rent should not exceed 25% of your disposable income. Also, do not forget you will need to pay a security deposit, utility bills and maintenance costs, so be sure to take all of these things into account.
  • Review your spending habit to make sure you will have enough money for essentials – food, electricity, gas, medicines – before you spend any money on fun activities, like social events, etc.
  • Compare service providers in your new city, and sign up for the best price possible.
  • Hire professional moving services that are affordable. Get several free moving quotes. Compare the costs and conditions provided by different companies so you will get the best rate. Just make sure the company is reputable!

Be a Smart Packer

Packing is usually the most dreaded part of a move. It’s not only time-consuming, it is also laborious. When moving to a big city, there are several things to take2017-01-13 into account when packing. Here are a few of them.

  • Sorting. Clean out and organize your belongings to make moving easier and cheaper. If you’re used to living in a small town, your home probably had a decent amount of space. But your living space in the big city will be very limited in size. This being said, it won’t be able to hold all of your belongings. This means you will need to sort through all of your possessions, keeping only the things you truly can’t live without. The fewer items you relocate, the less stressful your move will be, and it will also leave you much more space in your new home. And don’t forget – the less you move, the cheaper the final moving cost will be, so sometimes it pays to organize.
  • Clothing. Before you pack all of your clothes, it’s a good idea to take the climate of your new city into consideration. Don’t take a garment with you if you won’t ever have the chance to wear it – no matter how much you like it. This will only cause you to spend more time packing and extra money on shipping costs.
  • Packing materials. Before you can pack, you will need to gather the necessary supplies. For the best protection, be sure to use quality packing materials – strong, clean boxes, heavy-duty packing tape, and so on. If you are bringing any larger furniture pieces with you, you will need to disassemble them prior to your move, and pack them safely so they will not be damaged during shipping.

For everything you need to know about moving, ABC Movers can help. Visit our website and blog  for all things moving.