Moving to Georgia

Filled with natural beauty, thriving cities, and Southern charm, Georgia is one of the best states to live in the South. From its majestic mountains and white sand beaches to its booming economy, celebrated sports culture, great food, and much more, the state offers just the right blend of rich culture and world-class amenities with affordable, easygoing living. Like the tea, life is certainly sweeter here.

Is Georgia on your mind? You’re not alone. That’s why Great Guys Long Distance Movers has put together this handy guide to help you out. Below, you’ll find information on the following topics:

  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to GA
  2. Best Places to Live in the State
  3. Interstate Relocation Checklist
  4. Great Guys Moving Services

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Living in Georgia: What to Know Before Moving to Georgia

Moving to the Peach State? As the 24th largest state by size (59,425 sq. mi.) and 8th most populous state (10.52 million), there’s much to learn about Georgia. Here’s a summary of key points to ponder.

Pros and Cons of Living in Georgia

Pros: 

  • Cost of living: As the 11th most affordable state in America, Georgia offers overall great savings on housing, utilities, and many other living expenses.
  • Job market: Home to over a dozen Fortune 500 companies, the Empire State of the South (particularly in Atlanta) is a hub for career opportunities.
  • Economy: Matching the state’s cost of living rank, Georgia’s economy ranking currently sits at #11. GDP is nearly $564 billion, and the median income comes in at just under $30K.
  • Nature: Home to many beautiful mountains and beaches, Georgia is chock full of natural wonder and outdoor adventures to keep you and yours captivated and in shape.
  • Sports: If you’re serious about sports, you’ll love it here! Home to the Braves, Hawks, Falcons, Bulldogs, and Yellow Jackets, there’s a home team to root for year-round.
  • Festivals: From Summerfest and Imagine Music Festival, to Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival, Georgians can find a festival right up their alley during every season.
  • Southern charm: It’s hard to beat the Southern hospitality in the Peach State. Politeness and amazing home cooking define the state’s charm.

Cons:

  • Traffic: With cities like Atlanta being a natural draw for tourism and business, traffic congestion can be pretty horrendous. ATL ranks among the most congested US cities.
  • Humidity: The state offers mild winters. The tradeoff, however, is intense heat and humidity. Be prepared for how fast your shirt gets soaked with sweat here.
  • Pollen: Home to many trees and plants, the state gets covered in pollen. If you’re an allergy sufferer, remember that residents have windshield scrapers handy to remove thick pollen.
  • Bugs: From ants and gnats to mosquitoes and palmetto bugs, there are hordes of pesky and biting bugs that are active throughout most of the year. 
  • Well-being score: According to certain elements (purpose, social, financial, community, and physical), Georgians score their state lower than a majority of other states.
  • Weird laws: Like many other states, Georgia has some bizarre laws. For example, it’s illegal to keep a donkey in a bathtub. Another is that signs must be in English.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.91%. Georgia’s effective real-estate tax rate is ranked #25 in the nation. 
  • Sales Tax: 4%. Combined with local taxes, the total rate can range from 4% to 9%.
  • Income Tax: 5.75% (for income over $15,000). Lawmakers plan to reduce this rate to 5.5% in 2020.

Housing Market

Cheaper to Rent or Buy? As the cost of rent has increased, it has become a better financial option to buy a home. There are several areas where it’s cheaper to purchase a house, including Warner Robins, Augusta-Richmond County, and Savannah.

  • Median Home Value: $189,500
  • Median Rental Expense: $880 (1BR), $1,038 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Georgia:

  1. Eastman
  2. Morrow
  3. Eatonton
  4. Folkston
  5. Auburn
  6. Commerce
  7. Palmetto
  8. Toccoa
  9. Warner Robins
  10. Camilla

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living Index by State 2019 Report by World Population Review, Georgia ranks #11 in the nation for the lowest cost of living. Its current cost of living index is 91.2. This index is below the national index average of 100.

Utilizing the Family Budget Calculator, let’s compare the average monthly expenses in two Georgia counties. We’ll use a family of four for the examples (2 adults + 2 children). 

First, let’s take a look at Fulton County (Atlanta). The cost breakdown: $1,031 for housing, $772 for food, $968 for childcare, $1,159 for transportation, $1,010 for healthcare, $727 for other necessities, and $893 for taxes, totaling $6,560 per month or $78,717 per year.

Next, we have Dodge County (Eastman). The cost breakdown: $667 for housing, $706 for food, $648 for childcare, $1,139 for transportation, $1,225 for healthcare, $554 for other necessities, and $662 for taxes, for a total of $5,600 per month or $67,204 per year.

Weather & Natural Disasters

The state of Georgia has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. 

Summer temperatures can often reach 90°F and higher. Autumn typically offers comfortable temperatures. Throughout the state, you’ll find mild winter weather. In January and February, it hovers in the 50s in Atlanta and the 60s in the south and along the coast.

Weather stats:

  1. Average rainfall – 50 inches
  2. Average temperature – 63°F
  3. Average high temp – 72°F
  4. Average low temp – 53°F

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Hurricanes
  2. Tornadoes
  3. Severe Storms
  4. River Flood
  5. Earthquake
  6. Landslide
  7. Urban Flood
  8. Volcano Activity
  9. Extreme Heat
  10. Wildfire

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News, the state of Georgia State ranks as the eleventh best economy in America. This score is based on several categories, including business environment (#17), employment (#13), and growth (#12). The median income is $29,668, and GDP is approximately $563.6 billion.

Top Industries:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Construction & Real Estate
  4. Financial
  5. Food & Beverage
  6. Insurance
  7. Mining
  8. Retail
  9. Services
  10. Technology & Telecommunications

Top Employers:

  1. The Home Depot
  2. UPS
  3. Randstad USA
  4. The Coca-Cola Company
  5. Hansen Beverage
  6. Delta
  7. Cox Enterprises
  8. Georgia-Pacific
  9. Genuine Parts
  10. WestRock 

Looking for work in Georgia? Here are some handy resources:

  1. Georgia.gov page: GA Workforce Division – Finding a Job
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Transportation in Georgia:

  1. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
  2. Rail systems (Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern Railway, the BeltLine)
  3. Bus systems (CCT, GCT, APT, MTA, WRT, CAT)
  4. Airports (including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)
  5. Seaports (Port of Savannah and Port of Brunswick)
  6. Bridges & tunnels (Sidney Lanier Bridge and the Chetoogeta Mountain Tunnel)
  7. Personal vehicle
  8. Taxi / Uber / Lyft

Primary interstate highways:

  1. Interstate 3
  2. Interstate 14
  3. Interstate 16
  4. Interstate 20
  5. Interstate 24
  6. Interstate 59
  7. Interstate 75
  8. Interstate 85
  9. Interstate 95

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by Wallethub, Georgia as a whole is the 7th best in the nation. This ranking includes categories like the cost of ownership & maintenance (#4), traffic & infrastructure (#30), safety (#32), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#7). As previously mentioned in the pros and cons section, Atlanta ranks among the worst cities for traffic congestion.

Things to Do

  • Food & Drink: The Majestic Diner, One Flew South, Nori Nori, Holeman & Finch Public House, North Beach Bar & Grill, Terrapin Beer Co., Buttermilk Kitchen, Oriental Pearl, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate Micro-Factory, Condesa Coffee, SweetWater Brewing Company, Clermont Lounge, Sublime Doughnuts, Atlanta Farmers Market, Yumbii, The Varsity, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Southern Art, Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Zyka, Kevin Barry’s Pub, Varasano’s, The General Muir 
  • Zoos, Animal Parks, and Aquariums: Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta), North Georgia Zoo (Cleveland), Bear Hollow Zoo (Athens), Goats on the Roof (Tiger), Zoo Atlanta (Atlanta), Flint RiverQuarium (Albany), Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo (Dahlonega), Southern Belle Farm (McDonough), Wild Adventures Theme Park (Valdosta), Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah (Savannah), The Wild Chickens of Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald), Goat Yoga Georgia (Loganville), Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center (Rome)
  • Museums: World of Coca-Cola, National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center, Webb Military Museum, Museum of Aviation, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Center for Civil & Human Rights, Little White House, Pin Point Heritage Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, Andersonville National Historic Site & National Prisoner of War Museum, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Inc., Currahee Military Museum
  • Nature & Parks: Anna Ruby Falls, Jekyll Island Trail System, Berry College Campus, Hills & Dales Estate, Little Mulberry Park, Meeks Park, Amicalola Falls State Park, Minnehaha Falls, Toccoa Falls, Forsyth Park, Driftwood Beach, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Brasstown Bald Mountain, Noah’s Ark Rehabilitation Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Fort Mountain State Park, St. Simons Island
  • Art Galleries: Mark of the Potter (Clarkesville), Hickory Flat Pottery (Clarkesville), Skylake Galleries (Sautee Nacoochee), Liquid Sands Glass Gallery (Savannah), The Willows Pottery (Helen), HomeGrown Decatur (Decatur), Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (Madison), Fish Art Gallerie (Tybee Island), Tannery Row Artist Colony (Buford), Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assoc. (Blue Ridge), Artsy Me Ceramic & Art Studio, Art Downtown SoGlo Gallery & Brunswick Actors’ Theatre (Brunswick)
  • Spas & Wellness: Savannah Healing Arts (Savannah), Milan Day Spa on Broughton (Savannah), Sea Island Spa (Sea Island), The Spa at Chateau Elan (Braselton), Serenity in the Mountains Spa (Blue Ridge), The Upper Hand Day Spa (Conyers), Dubhine Touch (Savannah), Spa Bleu (Savannah), Heavenly Spa by Westin (Savannah), Sweet Water Spa (Savannah), JeJu Sauna (Duluth), Christina’s Healing Hands Massage Therapy (Pooler), The Buckhead Massage Company (Atlanta)
  • Fun & Games: The Escape Game Atlanta, Bad Axe Throwing, Pinball Palace, Atlanta Magic Theater, The Escapery, Time to Escape: The Escape Room Experience, Urban Escape Games, Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf, Mission: Escape Atlanta, Sanford Stadium, iFLY Indoor Skydiving – Atlanta, Swan Drive-In, Stoddard’s Range & Guns, AMC Theaters Colonial 18, Alpine Mini Golf, The Lily Pad Village, ZEscape, Amazing Escape, Room Escape Atlanta, Tank Town USA, Breakout Games – ATL 
  • Water & Amusement Parks: LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Atlanta), Summer Waves Water Park (Jekyll Island), Wild Adventures Theme Park (Valdosta), SKYVIEW Atlanta (Atlanta), Lake Winnie Amusement Park (Rossville), Splash in the Boro (Statesboro), Neptune Park (St. Simons Island), Cummings Aquatic Center (Cumming), Six Flags White Water – Atlanta (Marietta), Cool River Adventures (Helen), Great Wolf Lodge (LaGrange), Margaritaville at Lanier Islands (Buford)
  • Nightlife: Nightly Spirits, Atlanta Magic Theater, Spooky Savannah Ghost Tours, Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour, Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Saloon, Southern Pedaler, The Pirates’ House, Savvy Savannah Tours, World of Beer, Wet Willie’s Tybee Island, Georgia Magic Theater, Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl, Savannah Supernatural Tours, Eddie’s Attic, The Bearding Bottle Shop, Artillery, Odd Lot, Blind Willie’s, The Rail Pub, Uncorked on Main, Rock House on Tybee
  • Cool & Unusual: Doll’s Head Trail, Rock City, CDC Museum, Georgia Guidestones, The Paris Market, Junkman’s Daughter, Atlanta Prison Farm, Corpsewood Manor, Dungeness Ruins, The Krog Street Tunnel, Toccoa River Swinging Bridge, Central State Hospital, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta, Tiny Doors ATL, Pasaquan, Old Car City, The Tree that Owns Itself, The Dwarf Castle, Crypt of Civilization, Trader Vic’s, Colonial Park Cemetery, Alex Raskin Antiques, Expedition Bigfoot 

Schools and Universities

According to Education Rankings by US News, Georgia is currently ranked #30 in education. This score derives from two categories: higher education (#25) and K–12 education (#31). Nonetheless, the state is home to several highly acclaimed schools (with a high concentration in Atlanta). Here are the top picks:

Top GA Colleges:

  1. Emory University (Atlanta)
  2. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
  3. University of Georgia (Atlanta)
  4. Spelman College (Atlanta)
  5. Georgia State University (Atlanta)
  6. Georgia Southern University (Statesboro)
  7. Covenant College (Lookout Mountain)
  8. Mercer University (Macon)
  9. Berry College (Mount Berry)
  10. Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw)

Top GA School Districts:

  1. Buford City Schools (Buford)
  2. Oconee County Schools (Watkinsville)
  3. Forsyth County Schools (Cumming)
  4. Decatur City Schools (Decatur)
  5. Jefferson City Schools (Jefferson)
  6. Fayette County Public Schools (Fayetteville)
  7. Carrollton City Schools (Carrollton)
  8. Bremen City Schools (Bremen)
  9. Calhoun City Schools (Calhoun)
  10. Cartersville City Schools (Cartersville)

How to Become a Georgia Resident

To qualify, you must move to the state of Georgia and establish official residency. This process involves establishing domicile (buying a house or renting an apartment or room) and transferring all of your info (fixed address, utilities, bank accounts, etc.) to the state of Georgia. Remember to obtain a new driver’s license, transfer registration, and register to vote in your new county (more on that below).

If you plan on attending college here, you should consider taking advantage of in-state tuition. To qualify, you must show proof of residency for at least 12 months before the applicable term.

Moving to Georgia DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

A new resident must start the process of obtaining a driver’s license within 30 days of moving here.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Visit the Department of Driver Services (DDS) Customer Service Center
  2. Provide the following: proof of ID, current license, social security number, two proofs of residency 
  3. Surrender out-of-state license
  4. Pay license fee
  5. Receive a temporary license and wait for a permanent license to be mailed (within a few weeks)

Vehicle registration:

Once you have a Georgia license and proof of insurance, you can register your out-of-state vehicle. First, visit your local County Tax Commissioner’s Office. Complete a vehicle registration application and show proof of vehicle ownership (this can be your title, lienholder info, or current registration). 

To qualify to vote, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States
  2. Be a legal Georgia State resident
  3. Be 17 1/2 years old to register and 18 years old to vote
  4. Not be serving a felony sentence involving moral turpitude
  5. Not have been found mentally incompetent by the court

To register to vote, you can either visit your local county board of registrar’s office (or election office, schools, public assistance office, recruitment office, public library, or another government office), register online, or download an application to send through the mail. 

*Note: a convicted felon has their voting rights restored once they have completed their sentence.

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Best Places to Live in Georgia

Northern Georgia

Alpharetta

Population: 65,800
Median Home Value: $388,600

We begin our journey of Northern Georgia in Alpharetta. Considered one of the friendliest cities in the United States, Alpharetta is a family-oriented city north of Atlanta. 64% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are highly rated (with public high schools boasting a nearly 95% graduation rate).

Having gone through a recent renovation, Alpharetta is constantly developing. This new construction has led to the tearing down of older buildings (which some may say is unfortunate), but it has resulted in an exciting downtown and contemporary townhouses and high-rise apartments. The downside is that the city isn’t particularly diverse, and the area isn’t exactly cheap (with a median home value of close to $400,000).

  • Top public schools include Alpharetta High School, Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek High School, Cambridge High School, Milton High School, Roswell High School, Lake Windward Elementary School, and Wedd Bridge Middle School. 
  • Top private schools include Fulton Science Academy, William & Reed Academy, Rivers Academy, Alpharetta Christian Academy, and Crabapple Montessori School.

Are you looking for a highly educated, close-knit city perfect for raising a family? Alpharetta offers the right mix of trendy amenities, stellar schools, and strong community.

Athens

Population: 127,100
Median Home Value: $180,200

Nicknamed the Classic City, Athens is both a college town and a city filled with neoclassical architecture and its own unique culture. Considered to be one of America’s best places to retire, it’s anything but boring here. Some 62% of residents rent, and the public schools are above average.

Home to the University of Georgia, Alpharetta has a youthful energy that surprisingly complements its Southern charm and classic aesthetics. There’s always something fun to do here, from the 3-day AthFest music & arts festival and Bulldog football games to amazing restaurants and live music venues. Retirees looking to follow their passions will love the milder weather, great educational and recreational opportunities through the university, and endless outdoor activities.

  • Top public schools: Chase Street Elementary School, Timothy Elementary School, Barrow Elementary School, Clarke Central High School, and Whitehead Road Elementary School. 
  • Top private schools: Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, Athens Christian School, Athens Montessori School, St. Joseph Catholic School, and Waseca Learning Environment. 
  • Top colleges: University of Georgia, Athens Technical College, and Georgia Institute of Cosmetology 

Whether you’re looking to attend one of the nation’s top public research universities in UGA or searching for the perfect place to enjoy your golden years, Athens should be at the top of your list.

Atlanta

Population: 486,300
Median Home Value: $257,700

Claiming both titles of the state capital and largest city in Georgia, Atlanta is considered by many as the top Southern city. What makes it such an attractive place? The list includes milder winters (with plenty of sunshine), beautiful nature, strong sports culture (go Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and Georgia Tech!), diverse music & arts, unbelievably delicious food, rich history (including being the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement), and extremely kind folks that value family and friends, among many other things.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in America, Atlanta is constantly attracting people from all walks of life with its various cultural, recreational, educational, and business opportunities. The city is also known as “the city in a forest,” offering amazing outdoor living. As the business epicenter of the South, ATL is home to over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and offers a plethora of career opportunities. And as far as big cities go, it is extremely affordable to live here.

  • Top public schools: Grady High School, North Atlantic High School, Morningside Elementary School, Springdale Park Elementary, and Jackson Elementary School. 
  • Top private schools: The Westminster Schools, Pace Academy, The Paideia School, Atlanta International School, and The Lovett School. 
  • Top colleges: Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University.
  • Top neighborhoods: Collier Hills North, North Buckhead, Buckhead Forest, Peachtree Heights East, Brookwood Hills, Peachtree Park, Brookwood, Chastain Park, Druid Hills, and Buckhead Heights.

If you’re in the market for a world-class city that offers a high quality of life at a low price, it’s hard to beat what Atlanta has to offer.

Johns Creek

Population: 84,400
Median Home Value: $410,900

As the #1 place to raise a family in the state, Johns Creek was also named one of the Top 50 cities to live in the nation, and for a good reason. Along with its highly respected schools and amazing neighborhoods, the city is only 25 miles northeast of Atlanta. Nearly 80% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are among the best in the state. 

Home to a diverse population and a wide range of amenities and opportunities, Johns Creek is known as the educational and social hub of the Atlanta metropolitan area. It is one of the wealthiest cities in Georgia, and residents are highly invested in maintaining and growing the community. On the downside, the cost of living is quite a bit higher than the national average. And like many other parts of Georgia, it can get pretty hot here.

  • Top public schools serving Johns Creek include Northview High School, Alpharetta High School, Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek High School, and Hull Middle School. 
  • If you’re looking for private education, consider Mount Pisgah Christian School, National High School, Perimeter School, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, and Bridgeway Christian Academy. 
  • Top neighborhoods include The Falls of Autry Mill, St. Ives, and Medlock Bridge.

If you’re looking for the good life for you and your family, just outside the city of Atlanta, Johns Creek might be the perfect place to set down roots.

Central Georgia

Warner Robins

Population: 74,900
Median Home Value: $115,700

As the #1 place to live in the Macon area – Macon is considered the “heart of Georgia,” and it is smack dab in the middle of the state – Warner Robins is one of the most affordable cities to live in Georgia. 53% of residents own their homes, there is a decidedly suburban feel, and the public schools are highly rated (especially compared to other parts of Central Georgia).

Known for its airplane history, Warner Robins is a military town that’s home to Robins Air Force Base, the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Aviation. The city offers several outdoor activities (from hiking on the Wellston Trail to swinging cubs at the area’s golf courses) and attractions (including Warner Robins Little Theatre and Mildred’s Country Store). 

  • Top public schools include C.B. Watson Primary School, Feagin Mill Middle School, Matthew Arthur Elementary School, Lake Joy Elementary School, and Houston County High School. 
  • Top private schools include Christ United Methodist School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Christian Fellowship Academy, Warner Robins Christian Academy, and Warner Robins Montessori Academy. 
  • Colleges: Warner Robins is also home to Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia Technical College.

Looking for a cheap alternative and escape from the hustle and bustle of big urban life? Warner Robins is a Central Georgia city that offers a suburban lifestyle ideal for families.

Southern Georgia

Columbus

Population: 197,500
Median Home Value: $91,400

Making our way down south, we have the city of Columbus. As one of the cheapest cities in the state, it is a great place to visit or live if you love music and social events. Filled with live music venues, bars, eateries, coffee houses, and restaurants, Columbus is a growing and diverse place. The public schools are above average, and 52% of residents rent here.

Located on the western border of Georgia and Alabama, Columbus sits on the Chattahoochee River and right across from Phenix City, AL. The city is also the second-largest in the state, and it is home to several museums (Columbus Museum, National Civil Wat Naval Museum, and the National Infantry Museum), an indoor shopping center called Peachtree Mall, major venues (including A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, The Bradley Theater, and Columbus Civic Center, and a booming downtown known as Uptown.

  • Top public schools: Columbus High School, Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet Academy, Blackmon Road Middle School, Aaron Cohn Middle School, and Mathews Elementary School. 
  • Top private schools: Brookstone School, St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School, Calvary Christian School, Grace Christian School, and St. Luke School. 
  • Top colleges: Columbus State University; Columbus Technical College; Rivertown School of Beauty, Barber, Skin Care & Nails; and University of Phoenix – Columbus.

Columbus has its shortcomings (including crime and safety concerns), but the city certainly makes up for it with its affordability, vibrant downtown, great live music, fun events, strong job market, and a mixture of suburban and city living. 

Savannah

Population: 146,400
Median Home Value: $134,600

As Georgia’s oldest city, Savannah holds a charm that is storied and seductive. It was originally a strategic port city during both the American Revolution and the Civil War. These days, it offers towering oak trees, a thriving arts community, fabled ghost stories, stunning architecture, proximity to white-sand beaches, and arguably the best Southern food (especially seafood). 

Known for its 22 gorgeous squares (namely Forsyth Park) and antebellum architecture, it’s no wonder artists and musicians are entranced by the city’s romantic nature. It is also home to state-of-the-art facilities, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Memorial University Medical Center. Coupled with its rich history and high livability, it’s easy to find yourself captivated by Savannah. On the other hand, the area’s heat, humidity, and bugs can be unbearable. Carrying flood insurance is also a necessity here.

  • Top public schools: Savannah Arts Academy, The STEM Academy, Esther F. Garrison School of Visual & Performing Arts, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School, and Tybee Island Maritime Academy. 
  • Top private schools: The Savannah County Day School, Benedictine Military School, Calvary Day School, Veritas Academy, and St Vincent’s Academy. 
  • Top colleges: Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia Southern University – Armstrong, South University – Savannah, Savannah State University, and Savannah Technical College.
  • Top neighborhoods: Downtown Historic District, Victorian District / Thomas Square, Baldwin Park, Ardsley Park, Habersham Woods / Jackson Woods, Groveland / Kensington Park / Magnolia Park / Fairway Oaks, The Landings / South Harbor, Isle of Hope / Dutch Island, Richmond Hill / The Ford Plantation, Wilmington Island / Whitemarsh Island / Talahi Island, and Causton Bluff / Emerald Pointe.

Contemporary yet suspended in time, Savannah offers an enchanting mixture of modern amenities, historic architecture, rich history, classic Southern charm, and low-cost living. 

St. Simons Island

Population: 14,300
Median Home Value: $383,400

Last but not least, we end our tour of Southern Georgia with St. Simons (both the town and island are often called St. Simons Island). Ranked as the #1 place to retire in Georgia, the barrier island (the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles) is along the southeastern coast in Glynn County. 72% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are considered average.

Offering a combination of gorgeous weather, beach living, and endless outdoor and water activities (along with an assortment of restaurants, shops, and historical sites), St. Simons Island attracts both vacationers and long-term residents. Clean, safe, and filled with natural beauty, the overall higher cost of living here is offset by several attractive selling points (including long beaches, towering oak and pine trees, island marshes, amazing food, and maritime adventures). 

Popular attractions include St. Simons Lighthouse, Christ Church, Fort Frederica National Monument, Cannon’s Point Preserve, Gould’s Inlet, Coast Guard Station Beach, The Fig House, The Village Inn & Pub, King & Prince Beach Resort, Georgia Sea Grill, and Delaney’s Bistro & Bar.

  • Top public schools include Oglethorpe Point Elementary School, Glynn Middle School, St. Simons Elementary School, and Glynn Academy. 
  • Top private schools include Frederica Academy, St. Simons Island Christian School, and Christian Montessori School.

If you’re looking for amazing coastal and island living coupled with authentic Southern charm, you’ll be hardpressed to find a better location than St. Simons Island.

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How to Move to Georgia

8 to 12 Weeks Out

  • First, don’t procrastinate: Whether you’ve never relocated or it’s your tenth time, moving requires a lot of preparation, organization, and effort. If possible, give yourself at least 8 to 12 weeks to coordinate your Georgia relocation. 
  • Search for GA movers: Okay, now that you’ve gotten a jumpstart, compare potential moving companies (at least 3 to 5). Make sure each one is fully licensed and insured to handle your type of move. Also, check any available references and reviews.
  • Book a GA moving company: To secure the best rates and availability, book ASAP. If doable, schedule during non-peak season (generally during fall and winter) for savings. Great Guys makes it super easy! Contact us today to get your next move rolling smoothly.
  • Alert landlord and neighbors: If you rent, notify your landlord early on to avoid any extra fees or issues with your security deposit. If you own, consult a real estate agent on renting or selling your old place. Either way, give neighbors a heads up about your upcoming move.
  • Visit the new area: This is the best way to learn about your new city or town. Explore everything it has to offer: job opportunities, schools, community centers, churches, activities, attractions, etc. If unable to visit, subscribe to the local newspaper or newsletter to keep in the loop.
  • Declutter & downsize: Purge your place to save space and money. One room at a time, sort through your possessions. Decide which items you’d like to keep or discard. Either label or place in piles. Repeat process throughout the entire home.
  • Sell, recycle, and donate: Once you’ve performed the purging process, it’s time to find a new home for your old stuff. You have several options. You can sell online, throw a yard or garage sale, donate to a local charity or thrift shop, or recycle any disused items.
  • Prep your kids: Moving is stressful for everyone, but it can be especially taxing for children. Explain to them what’s happening. Be kind and patient. Use a story or playtime to help them understand. Also, try to maintain their routines during the moving process.

4 to 8 Weeks to Go

  • Start packing process: Get plenty of boxes, tape, packing peanuts, etc. Try not to mix stuff from different rooms. Carefully wrap fragile and valuable items. If you need help with a few precious items or your entire household, we can connect you with affordable pro packers.
  • Change your address: To update your mailing address, head to a local USPS office, or go online to USPS.com. Don’t forget to update information for online services and subscription boxes.
  • Turn off and on services: Schedule for utilities (electricity, water, gas, and so on) and other services to be disconnected the day after your move. About one month before moving, ensure that new services will be active by the time you arrive at your new home.
  • Transfer important records: Don’t be the person that forgets this vital step. Before you move hundreds of miles away, make sure to transfer any prescriptions, medical records, school transcripts, and anything else while it’s still convenient to do so.
  • Service your auto: Driving to or out of Georgia? If so, make sure you’re ready for the long haul. Schedule inspection and service (oil change, tire rotation or change, air conditioning, etc.) of your vehicle for a smooth trip.

2 Weeks Left

  • Hire professional cleaners: Whether you need to satisfy your lease or have a great showing, it pays to hire a cleaning crew. Have them arrive after the movers have emptied your place.
  • Double-check insurance: Hopefully, everything goes to plan, but you never know when disaster will strike. Be prepared. Contact your insurer and movers to chat about insurance coverage.
  • Schedule daycare: On moving day, you’ll be distracted. Protect your children and pets by planning a playdate, babysitting, or pet care, so the little ones are out of harm’s way.
  • Schedule pet transportation: If your pet is unable to directly travel with you, plan for special transport (same goes for your prized plants).
  • Say farewell: Before you deal with the craziness of moving week, make sure to hang with family and friends. Invite them to a party, meet up individually, or plan a group outing.

Moving Week is Here

  • Pack essentials box: Also known as a first night box, it should contain everything you’ll need for the first 24 to 48 hours at your new home: meds, snacks, bedding, toys, toiletries, etc.
  • Confirm travel: Flying? Check reservations and luggage restrictions. Driving? Double-check vehicle (tire pressure, coolant, oil, and so on) and go over driving route.
  • Confirm with movers: To ensure that everyone’s on the same page, contact your moving company: double-check arrival time and any other details (including contact numbers).
  • Rest up: Try to stay in the night before moving day. Exercise, eat a healthy meal, relax, and get a good night’s sleep. You’ll need to be fresh for tomorrow.

Moving Day has Arrived

  • Meet up with moving crew: If doable, be there when your movers arrive. They may have questions you can more easily answer in person.
  • Provide snacks: This is not an obligation, but it is a nice gesture. Offer your crew bottled water and a light snack. The moving team will be grateful, and it can kick up morale to get you moved that much faster.
  • Perform a walkthrough: Now that the movers have done their job, take one last tour of your old place. Keep an eye out for damages and any items that may not have made it onto the moving truck.
  • Enjoy the journey: Last but not least, remember to have fun! Start your new chapter by embracing the journey and create some great memories.

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Quality Moving Services from Georgia Movers

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Long Distance Moves

Your interstate move doesn’t have to be agonizing. With the right help, you can experience a smooth and drama-free move to or out of Georgia. Our network of reputable long distance movers all come prepared with the right attitude, experience, and equipment at an unbeatable rate. 

Intrastate & Local Moves

Headed to ATL? Moving to the Georgia coast? We got you! We can easily connect you with one of our local moving companies to ensure a smooth transition within the Peach State. Whether you’re moving down the street or to another county, we have the perfect moving solution for you. 

International Moves

Moving overseas? Exciting news! Whether you’re relocating for a new corporate position or military assignment, Great Guys can provide you with expert guidance. From complex paperwork to customs, you’ll be able to rest assured that your international relocation is in great hands.

Small Load Moves 

Just because your move is less demanding, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve help. We can source cheap, efficient small load movers for you in no time. It takes just a few minutes to get the process going. From small apartments to studios and dorms, it’s super easy to hire the right fit for your needs.

Furniture Shipments

Do you want to risk costly damages or injury? Of course not. That’s why you should consider our furniture movers. Whether you require careful handling of fragile items or a complete solution for a large household, our moving partners are ready to provide stellar furniture shipping services.

Piano Transport

Need to relocate a piano or organ across town or the state? Your prized instrument requires special handling. Thankfully, we work with the best piano moving and storage services the business. Our partners take great pride in providing safe and secure transport every time.

Art Shipping & Transport

Don’t take the risk with a standard moving company. Instead, hire one of our specialized art shippers. From private collections to large art installations, our art handlers can efficiently plan your moving logistics, carefully prepare and pack, and expertly perform your artwork or antique relocation.

Storage

Not quite ready to move everything into your new place? Traveling the world or renovating your home? In any event, you most likely need a reliable storage solution. Most GA moving companies also offer storage services to protect your belongings. Contact us today to better understand your options. 

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

Need to move out ASAP? We understand how stressful it can be. Whether you’re facing eviction or need to relocate for a new job, let us help you find affordable last minute movers in your area. You’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief during this tense situation.

Residential Moves

It can be quite the undertaking to relocate your entire household. You need someone you can trust with the move. We make it incredibly easy to compare, select, and save on top-rated household moving services. Experience a smooth transition with our talented Georgia movers.

Packing Services

Don’t have the time, energy, or ability to pack all your belongings? No problem. We work with many movers and packers that offer tailored packing services – everything from specialty crating to full-service packing solutions – perfect for your exact needs and budget.

Commercial and Office Moves

Relocating an office or expanding your business? You need highly trained and skilled commercial movers. From complicated logistics to precise execution, our top-tier specialists ensure a successful transition with little to no downtime or delays.

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