Are you an art or history fanatic? Do you have a guilty pleasure for a cheesesteak? Do you want to take advantage of the facilities a major city has to offer? Then moving to Philadelphia will definitely suit you.
Philly is the largest city in Pennsylvania, a college town (with over 86 institutions), a place for sports fans and affordable housing.
In addition, Philly is the “Birthplace of America” and the home of the famous “Liberty Bell”. There are many other interesting facts about this city but for now, here are some things you should consider before relocating to Philadelphia.
Establish your housing budget
When it comes to the cost of living and housing, Philly’s rent prices are more reasonable than the East Coast. You’ll also find quite a variety of houses, from apartments in the city center to large family houses towards the edges of the city. All these with different price ranges that can fit anyone’s budget.
Here’s a list with monthly rental average prices:
- 1 bedroom apartment in the city center – starting from $1200
- 3 bedroom apartment in the city center – starting from $2000
- 1 bedroom apartment further away – starting from $750
- 3 bedroom apartment further away – starting from $1700
If these prices are too high, you can always save on housing costs by:
- Sharing an apartment with others by renting a room (You can find more details here)
- Consider a different neighborhood. There are over 200 neighborhoods in Philadelphia you can choose from
Are you on your own?
Moving it’s already stressful, but when you are not alone, it’s even harder. Do you have any spouse, children or maybe even pets?
There are plenty of things to consider. For example, If you have children, you might want to try and get a house as close as you can to their schools. The benefit is obvious – you’ll save a lot of time doing the school run.
When it comes to moving pets to a different country, especially if you are coming from another continent, you may face a lot of challenges. Usually, it’s not enough to have all their vaccinations and documents up to date. Some countries don’t allow pets on their territory without them being in quarantine first.
Overall, there are plenty of things to consider so you should do additional research on each if you aren’t traveling alone.
Get a local bank account
Wherever you decide to move you can keep your current bank account, but when you use your credit card overseas you’ll pay ridiculous international fees, so opening a local bank account is your best bet.
However, it’s not always simple to do so. Most countries require an initial deposit, your passport, and proof of residence so make sure you have all your documentation in place and check the country requirements to open up a bank account there.
At first, you may think that moving your personal belongings is not a big deal, especially if you are moving from another city within the country. Keep in mind though, relocation is always tricky and moving can be difficult, so hiring a moving company in Philadelphia would make your life so much easier and stress-free.
Downsize your personal belongings
Such an important task to do!
You should think about the shipments costs and decide whether it’s convenient to have all your belongings shipped to the new country.
It will be more convenient and easier to downsize everything. You start by putting away most of the stuff you don’t need in storage and even donate, rather than have all your items shipped. That way, you’ll save a lot in shipping costs and will have enough room to work within the new place.
Transportation in Philly
SEPTA, Philadelphia’s Public Transit System is one of the largest in the country. Therefore you don’t necessarily need a car after relocating here.
You can find:
- Rail trains
- PATCO trains – is a train line which connects Philadelphia to Southern New Jersey
- Subway and elevated trains
- Taxi, Uber, Lyft
- Limos for hire
- Rent or share cars
- Bikes – Philly became one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US. It has more than 440 miles of bike lanes. There are more than 1300 bikes to rent at 140 stations across the city.
Pay outstanding bills and cancel utilities
Before you begin packing boxes, one of the most important things to do is to pay your outstanding bills and cancel all your utilities. It’s a dull task but it’s necessary. By doing it, you will definitely avoid any financial surprises. A good example is banks – they have maintenance fees and can quickly add up.
If you are not sure about their status, you can always call the utility companies and the banks and they can give you suggestions about what to do in these situations.
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