Moving from one city to another takes time and effort. You’ve got to pack your belongings, hire movers, stop and start utilities – it seems like the list never ends. Where can you find valuable online moving resources to help with your move?
We’re here to help. At Storage West, we know that having the right resources before a move is essential. That’s why we are offering 6 online moving resources that can help you decide where to live.
#1: Housing Price Index
Our first resource comes from The Economist. They have an online, interactive housing price index that allows users to compare housing prices in major cities across the United States and around the world.
When you’re unfamiliar with neighborhoods and suburbs, any decision you make can feel like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. One good way to figure out the area is to move into temporary housing, putting your extra belongings in a secure storage unit at Storage West. This gives you more time to discover your new area’s neighborhoods, whether you are moving to Las Vegas, San Diego, Houston, Phoenix, or Orange County.
Numbeo is another good online moving resource for anyone who is moving far from their current home. You can use it to compare:
- Cost of living
- Property prices
- Quality of life
In many ways, it’s a one-stop shop for movers. The database includes most major American cities. This includes places where you will find Storage West, such as San Diego and Orange County, CA. You can find more job relocation tips here.
If you are moving with children, you should check out Niche. It is a website dedicated to ranking and comparing schools across the United States. What we like about it is that it lists:
- Best public schools in the US
- Best private schools in the US
- Best schools by state
- Best schools by city
It also has information about the best teachers, the best college prep schools, and student life. These things combine to make the best site we’ve found if you need to compare schools for your kids.
#4: Sperling’s Best Places
Sperling’s Best Places is another great site for comparing cities and finding vital information, including:
- Cost of living
- Crime rates
You can compare any two cities from their database. They also offer some fun lists, like the best cities for foodies or the best cities to retire in. Even if you have visited a big city, like Houston, TX, or Las Vegas, NV, it’s always fun to learn more before you move there.
When you’re moving to a new city or across state lines, there are tons of logistical tasks that fall into your lap. It can be hard to sort them all out and keep track of everything you need to do.
USA.gov has a website that provides:
- Information on moving between states
- Advice on hiring movers
- Instructions for switching your address with the postal service (and having your mail held)
- Contact information for essential government agencies
- Tips for stopping and starting utility services
It’s a time-saving resource because it offers a lot of vital information and links in one place.
#6: Secretary of State Websites
If you’re moving to a new state, you need specific information about registering your car, getting a new driver’s license, taxes, and more. In most cases, the best resource is the Secretary of State website. Here are the four websites for the states that Storage West calls home.
Look for special moving guides that you can view online, print, or download. You can find a list of all 50 Secretary of State websites with links here.
Relocation can be stressful, but the six online moving resources we’ve listed here can help you find the information you need.
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