Posted in: Moving Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2015

Moving to Raleigh, North Carolina: A Helpful Guide

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Whether you have just found out that you will be moving to Raleigh, NC or you’ve known for some time, you have a long process ahead of you. However, living in Raleigh will provide you with an opportunity to explore the city and get to know its residents and all it has to offer in a way that is different than if you were merely to visit for a weekend. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your time spent moving so that you can venture out and experience the city.

Moving – the Safe Way

The constant bending, squatting, turning, and lifting during the packing process can take a toll on the body, particularly if you are not following proper form while doing so. Although lifting from the knees and carrying items in front of you can help to reduce the physical stress, it may be in your best interest to seek help. If you find that transporting boxes and loading up a truck are simply too much, try hiring a professional mover such as North American Van Lines to help you. With more than 80 years of experience and 365,000 relocations each year, these movers can do the hard, physical labor for you, allowing you to focus on other, less physically demanding tasks.


To avoid finding your socks under the sink or your DVDs in the bathtub, there are several steps to take to make the unpacking process more organized. First, move each box into its respective room to avoid overcrowding one single room. Chances are high that you won’t be able to put all of your belongings away in one day anyway. Instead, try to unpack one room at a time, beginning with the rooms in which you will be in most often. For instance, unpack your bedroom and set up your furniture first, because if you don’t have the bed together or a dresser set up, where will you put your sheets and clothes? Then, once you have one room finished, move on to the next.

Renting a Storage Unit

Now that you’ve finally unpacked, you may find that you overestimated the size of your new home or that you brought items with you that you want to keep but don’t need in the foreseeable future. The great thing about living in Raleigh is that there are many self-storage options available to you. One of the most affordable and highly-rated facilities is Cardinal Self Storage, located near Brier Creek and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Moving to Raleigh, NC

You did it! You are situated, unpacked, and ready to explore the city. Whether it’s your first time living in Raleigh or you grew up in the area, the city is filled with many opportunities for recreation, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Popular destinations include the North Carolina Museum of Art, Lake Johnson Park, Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden, and Pullen Park. Check out other pages of this site to explore more things to do in the area.