Moving to Nevada

When you think of Nevada, several things may come to mind: the bright lights of Las Vegas, gambling, Area 51, and endless desert. But did you know that the Silver State is also home to some of the prettiest landscapes in the world, endless outdoor fun, and nearly 300 days of sunshine? Coupled with reasonable cost of living (especially compared to California), people are flocking here.

Debating whether to move to Nevada? We’re here to offer a hand. Great Guys Long Distance Movers has put together a handy NV moving guide, broken down into the following sections: 

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

We hope this makes your decision process a lot easier. In a matter of minutes, you can receive free estimates from reputable Nevada moving companies. We make it simple and affordable!

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Living in Nevada: What to Know Before Moving to Nevada

Headed to the Sagebrush State? As the 7th largest state by land mass (109,826 sq. mi.) and 33rd most populated state (3.09 million), Nevada presents several points of consideration. Take a look below.

Pros and Cons of Living in Nevada

Pros:

  • Sunny days: How do nearly 300 days of sunshine sound? As one of the sunniest states in America, Nevada is a great place for anyone suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  • Spectacular Outdoors: Home to beautiful and diverse landscapes, the Sagebrush State is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise (from Lake Tahoe to the Red Rock Canyon). 
  • Entertainment: There’s certainly no shortage of stuff to do. From the Las Vegas strip to outdoor recreation and huge festivals, there’s something for everyone year-round.
  • Cost of living: Okay, so technically, it’s higher than the US average. But if you’re coming from a place like California, housing prices and other living expenses are extremely affordable.
  • Growing job market: Known mainly for its tourism and gambling industries, Nevada has become a popular hub for business, technology, and startup culture. 
  • No Income Tax: Yes, you heard that right! Currently, Nevada is one of seven states (including TX, WA, WY, SD, FL, and AK) that does not collect any income taxes.
  • Gambling: Legal throughout Nevada, casinos are found in almost every major city and town in the state. This abundance of places to gamble happens to be a big selling point for many people who move here.

Cons:

  • Schools: According to a recent article by USA Today, Nevada comes in last for education. It has the second-lowest high school graduation rate and fifth-lowest public school spending.
  • Crime rates: The Las Vegas and Reno metro areas are known to experience more crime than other cities in the country. Rural areas, on the other hand, have low crime rates.
  • Heat: Keep in mind that the state, for the most part, is a huge desert. Temperatures can easily eclipse 100°F in the summer. Make sure your AC is up to the task!
  • Finding a job: If you aren’t a professional or don’t have a degree, it can be difficult to find work that pays a decent living wage. Be prepared and save up just in case. 
  • Emptiness: With a state population of about 3 million, roughly 2.5 million live in Las Vegas and Reno. That’s a lot of open space. If you’re looking for isolation, however, you’ve found it.
  • Temptation: If you have an addictive personality, Nevada (particularly Las Vegas and Reno) may not be the best place to live. It takes a lot of willpower to fight temptation here.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.69%. The effective real-estate tax rate is ranked #12 in the US.
  • Sales Tax: 4.6% (Nevada base sales tax). Combined with local taxes: 4.6–8.265%.
  • Income Tax: 0%. Nevada does not currently collect personal income tax.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? Overall, it is a cheaper option to rent rather than buy a house in the state (particularly in the Las Vegas and Reno areas). Eastern Nevada, however, boasts great housing prices.

  • Median Home Value: $292,300
  • Median Rental Expense: $899 (1BR), $1,128 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Nevada:

  1. Caliente
  2. Carlin
  3. Ely
  4. Lovelock
  5. Yerington
  6. Wells
  7. Winnemucca
  8. West Wendover
  9. Elko
  10. Fernley

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Nevada by BestPlaces, Nevada has a cost of living index of 119.9. This index is above the nationwide index of 100.

Utilizing the Family Budget Calculator, we can examine the average monthly expenses in two Nevada metro areas (for a family of 2 adults + 2 kids). 

First, we’ll look at the Reno. The cost breakdown: $977 for housing, $789 for food, $1,348 for childcare, $1,158 for transportation, $1,051 for healthcare, $713 for other necessities, and $726 for taxes, totaling $6,761 per month or $81,138 per year.

Second, let’s look at Las Vegas. The cost breakdown: $973 for housing, $777 for food, $1,342 for childcare, $1,110 for transportation, $855 for healthcare, $706 for other necessities, and $660 for taxes, for a total of $6,422 per month or $77,068 per year.

Weather & Natural Disasters

Made up of mainly semi-arid regions and desert, Nevada is the driest state in the nation. It experiences about 250 to 300 days of sunshine annually (depending on location). It also receives light amounts of rain and snow. Average temperatures range from 66°F in Carson City (Southern Nevada) to 47°F in Elko (Northern Nevada). The mountainous north sees cooler weather compared to the blazing heat of the lowland desert in the south. The highest temperature on record is 125°F (Laughlin, 1994).

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall – 8 inches
  2. Average snowfall – 22 inches
  3. Sunshine – 294 days (Las Vegas)
  4. Summer high – 96°F (July)
  5. Winter low – 27°F (Jan)

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Earthquakes
  2. Flooding
  3. Wildland Fire
  4. Extreme Heat 
  5. Drought
  6. Hurricanes
  7. Volcanic activity

Economy & Job Market

Ranked #37 in state economy by US News & World Report, Nevada State comes ranks well in growth (#4), business environment (#6), and employment (#24). The state GDP is approximately $158.3 billion, and the median income is $30,166.

Top Industries:

  1. Aerospace & Defense
  2. Health
  3. Information Technology
  4. Manufacturing & Logistics
  5. Mining
  6. Natural Resource Technologies
  7. Tourism & Gaming

Top Employers:

  1. MGM Resorts International
  2. Las Vegas Sands
  3. Caesars Entertainment
  4. Wynn Resorts
  5. State of Nevada
  6. Amerco
  7. Boyd Gaming
  8. Clark County School District
  9. Wynn Las Vegas
  10. The Venetian Las Vegas

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

  1. NV.gov page: Jobs – State of Nevada
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

According to Transportation Rankings by US News & World Report, Nevada currently ranks #1. Here’s a breakdown of the score into four categories: commute time (#22), public transit usage (#10), road quality (#16), and bridge quality (#2).

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Bus (Bus Rapid Transit, Para Transit)
  2. Air (including McCarran International Airport)
  3. Train (Amtrak, Monorail, Nevada Southern Railway)
  4. The Deuce (Las Vegas public transportation)
  5. Personal vehicles
  6. Vanpool & Carpool
  7. Taxis & Car Rentals
  8. Ridesharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.)

Primary Interstate Highways:

  1. Interstate 11
  2. Interstate 15
  3. Interstate 80
  4. Interstate 215
  5. Interstate 515
  6. Interstate 580

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by WalletHub, the state of Nevada ranks #35 in the country. Here’s a breakdown of key categories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#42), safety (#8), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#39).

Things to Do

  • Food & Drink: Hash House a Go-Go, Village Pub & Grill, Bacchanal Buffet, Vesper Bar, Via Brasil Steakhouse, BLT Steak, Burger Bar, Joyful House, Jean Philippe Patisserie, Sunrise Coffee, Freed’s Bakery, Double Down Saloon, PinkBox Doughnuts, Fresh52 Farmers’ & Artisan Market, Fukuburger Truck, Blue Ribbon, WinCo Foods, Carbone, The Steamie Weenie, Steve’s Homemade Ice Cream, DeSimone’s Steakhouse, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Costa di Mare, Osteria Costa, Luke’s Lobster, Hot Beast
  • Sights & Landmarks: Fountains of Bellagio, High Roller, The Strip, Stratosphere Tower, Fremont Street Experience, Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah, Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, Reno Air Racing Association, Tonopah Historic Mining Park, Chapel of the Flowers Wedding Chapels, St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours, Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway, T-Mobile Arena, Hoover Dam Bypass
  • Fun & Games: Escapology, Vegas Indoor Skydiving, Cannabition, Axe Monkeys, Las Vegas Shooting Center, Apocalypse Vegas, Machine Gun Vegas, Battlefield Vegas, AxeHole Vegas, Rush to Escape, Wee Kirk O’ the Heather Wedding Chapel, Break Through Reno, Puzzle Room Reno, HeadzUP Vegas, The Immersium, Wreck Room, Top Shot Las Vegas, The VOID at Grand Canal Shoppes, Sin City Smash, Kiss Monster Mini Golf, Topgolf Las Vegas, Insanity The Ride at the Stratosphere
  • Nature & Parks: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, Valley of Fire State Park, Fire Wave, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Mount Charleston, Sand Harbor, Hemenway Park, Grapevine Canyon, Great Basin National Park, Mt. Rose Ski Resort, Hoover Dam, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Mouse’s Tank, Springs Preserve, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Lamoille Canyon
  • Museums: The Liberace Museum Collection Tour, Nostalgia Street Rods, National Automobile Museum, California Trail Historic Interpretive Center, Shelby American Inc., Pinball Hall of Fame, The Discovery – Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Clark County Heritage Museum, Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Collection, Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum, The Mob Museum, Nevada State Museum, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Count’s Kustoms
  • Casinos & Gambling: Wynn Las Vegas Casino, Palazzo Resort Casino, Casino at the Venetian, Casino at Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan Casino, M Resort Casino, Casino at Aria Resort, Peppermill Casino, Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, Casino at Encore, Red Rock Casino, Golden Nugget Casino Laughlin, Atlantis Casino, Casino at Silver Legacy Resort, Casino at South Point Hotel, Casino at the Eldorado, Casino Fandango, Casino at Mandalay Bay, Casino at New York – New York, Sunset Station Casino
  • Nightlife: Earth Limos & Buses, Rockstarcrawls Las Vegas, Radius Wet Lounge, Turnt Up Tours, Fat Tuesday, Casa Fuente, Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis, Banger Brewing, Frankie’s Tiki Room, Party Tours, Parasol Up Parasol Down at Wynn Las Vegas, Fuel Bar, LA Epic Club Crawls, The Chandelier, Carnaval Court at Harrah’s, The Piano Bar at Harrah’s, Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, Pioneer Saloon, Bucket of Blood Saloon, Nite Tours
  • Zoos, Aquariums & Amusement Parks: Lion Habitat Ranch, SeaQuest, Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, Silverton Aquarium, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat, White Tiger Habitat at the Mirage, Shark Reef, SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, Mermaid’s Show, Wild Island Family Adventure Park, Cowabunga Bay Water Park, Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park, Magical Forest, Fantasy Faire at Excalibur, Desperado Roller Coaster, Soleil Pool
  • Spas & Wellness: Orsi Skin Care, Djanel Spa, Boracay Massage, The Spa at Encore, Bella Vita Boutique Spa, Waldorf Astoria Spa, Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas, Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness, Spa Atlantis, Qua Baths & Spa, The Spa at the LINQ, The Spa & Salon at Aria, Spa Toscana at Peppermill, Bellagio Spa & Salon, The Spa at Vdara, Garra Spas, Casino at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, WELL Spa, The Foot Spa, The Spa at Wynn, Serenity Spa by Westgate, Star Foot Spa, Spa Mandalay, Drift Spa
  • Cool & Unusual: Fly Geyser, The Neon Boneyard, Akhob, National Atomic Testing Museum, Rhyolite Ghost Town, Pinball Hall of Fame, Area 51, Clown Motel, Seven Magic Mountains, Atomic Survival Town, Lonnie Hammargren’s House, The Bristlecone Pines of the Great Basin, Frankie’s Tiki Room, International Car Forest of the Last Church, Burlesque Hall of Fame, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall, Dig This, Atomic Liquors, Old Tonopah Cemetery, Erotic Heritage Museum, Lehman Caves

Schools and Universities

According to Geographic Disparity: States with the Best (and Worst) Schools by USA Today, Nevada ranks #50. Several factors contribute to this ranking, including poor funding and academic outcomes. Nonetheless, the state is home to several decent K–12 schools and colleges. Here are our top picks: 

Top NV Colleges:

  1. University of Nevada – Reno (Reno) 
  2. Nevada State College (Henderson)
  3. Sierra Nevada College (Incline Village)
  4. The University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
  5. College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas)
  6. Great Basin College (Elko)
  7. Western Nevada College (Carson City)
  8. University of Phoenix – Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
  9. The Art Institute of Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
  10. Roseman University of Health Sciences  (Henderson)

Top NV Public School Districts:

  1. Douglas County School District (Minden)
  2. Storey County School District (Virginia City)
  3. Washoe County School District (Reno)
  4. Eureka County School District (Eureka)
  5. Pershing County School District (Lovelock)
  6. Carson City School District (Carson City)
  7. Clark County School District (Las Vegas)
  8. Lincoln County School District (Panaca)
  9. Lander County School District (Battle Mountain)
  10. Elko County School District (Elko)

How to Become a Nevada Resident

To qualify as an official resident, you must move to Nevada and establish domicile. You can achieve this by fulfilling the following three steps: 1) Establish a residential address 2) Obtain a Nevada driver’s license or ID 3) Register your vehicle (if applicable)

For tuition purposes, a student is a resident if they are:

  1. Enrolled or have graduated from an NV high school
  2. Stationed in NV as a member of the US Armed Forces
  3. Dependent or spouse of a military member stationed here
  4. Financially dependent on an NV resident of at least 12 months
  5. Financially independent & establish residency for 12 months
  6. Financially independent & relocated for full-time employment
  7. Dependent or spouse of said person described in #6
  8. Classified as an in-state resident by another NSHE institution

Moving to Nevada DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

New residents of Nevada have 30 days to obtain a driver’s license.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Establish Nevada residency
  2. Visit a full-service Nevada DMV office
  3. Fill out the applicable form
  4. Provide proof of ID, SSN, license, and NV address (two docs)
  5. If the license is expired, you must take driving tests
  6. Surrender current out-of-state license
  7. Pass the vision test
  8. Have photograph taken
  9. Pay applicable licensing and testing fees
  10. Wait for 7 to 10 days for new license to arrive by mail

Vehicle registration:

New NV residents are required to register an out-of-state vehicle within 30 days. You must provide the following: 1) Nevada evidence of insurance coverage 2) Nevada vehicle inspection report (if applicable) 3) Current registration and license plates 4) Title (unless held by lienholder) 5) Vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection 6) Fees (DMV accepts cash, checks, and money orders)

To qualify to vote, you must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be 18 years or older on election day
  3. Be a Nevada resident for at least 30 days
  4. Have continuously resided in the precinct for ten days
  5. Not be serving a term of imprisonment 

You may register to vote online (must have Nevada ID or driver’s license), print & mail-in voter registration form, or register in person (at any Nevada DMV office, social services agencies, county clerk or registrar of voters’ office, or on college campuses).

*Note: A Nevada felon has their voting rights restored upon completion of sentence.

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Best Places to Live in Nevada

Western Nevada

Carson City

Population: 54,200
Median Home Value: $324,900

First, on our tour of Western Nevada, we have Carson City. As one of the top places to raise a family in the state, the city of less than 55,000 is also the capital of Nevada. It offers quieter living (especially compared to Reno and Las Vegas) and strong sense of community (perfect for retirees and families). 55% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools serving the area are above average.

Situated within 30 minutes of South Lake Tahoe, Carson City is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground that is surrounded by wildlife and national forest (as well as nearby mountains). It also has several casinos, museums, art galleries, as well as being near three popular skiing areas. The downside is that the city feels like it was set up as a retirement community, so if you’re a young adult and want to live your best life, you may want to consider another living option.

Top public schools serving the Carson City area include Grace Bordewich Mildred Bray Elementary School, Carson City Montessori Charter School, Carson High School, Carson Middle School, and Fritsch Elementary School. Looking for private education? Consider St. Teresa Elementary School, Bethlehem Lutheran School, and Capital Christian School. Carson City is also home to Western Nevada College.

Ideal for folks looking for a slower pace of life, Carson City is the perfect spot to put down some roots or enjoy the golden years. 

Incline Village

Population: 8,800
Median Home Value: $833,900

Next, we head to the Lake Tahoe area. Situated on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Incline Village is a charming and beautiful town considered one of the Top 3 suburbs in Nevada. Ideal for those into active outdoor fun, the area is a big draw for tourists. 72% of residents own, and the schools are highly rated.

Offering a welcoming and well-kept environment, Incline Village is home to an abundance of things to do and places to explore: Lake Tahoe (pretty shore and private beaches), Flume Trail, Northstar California Resort, and much more. And if you’re in the mood for a big-city excursion, Reno is right down the road. Of course, if you’ve already checked out the median home value, you realize how expensive it can be to live here. But if you consider all the amenities, the price tag makes perfect sense.

Top public schools serving the Incline Village area include Academy of Art Careers & Technology, Incline High School, Truckee Meadows Community College High School, Galena High School, and Hunsberger Elementary School. If you’re interested in private academics, check out Lake Tahoe School. Incline Village is also home to Nevada College.

Offering stunning beauty, easy access to an assortment of outdoor activities, and quintessential Lake Tahoe living, Incline Village should be on your radar for visiting or living.

Reno

Population: 248,900
Median Home Value: $369,600

Known as the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno is located in Washoe County, just over 20 miles north of gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Reno is famous for its casino-filled downtown. In recent years, Reno developers have breathed new life into the city, which has led to world-class amenities coupled with a homey feel. Some 53% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools serving the area are above average.

Offering just the right mix between city and township, Reno is also a college town (home to the University of Nevada). It, unfortunately, got a bad rap for the casino boom in previous decades, but now that has changed in recent years. Along with topnotch amenities and strong diversity, Reno offers awesome cuisine, cute shops, access to outdoor recreation, stunning scenery, and much more.

  • Top public schools: Reno High School, Academy of Art Careers & Technology, Truckee Meadows Community College High School, Galena High School, and Hunter Lake Elementary School. 
  • Top private schools: Our Lady of the Snow School, Little Flower School, St. Albert the Great School, Brookfield School, and Willow Springs Center. 
  • Top colleges: University of Nevada – Reno, Carrington College – Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Milan Institute of Cosmetology – Reno.

Whether you’re the “work hard, play hard” type, would like to start a family, or want to enjoy your retirement years, Reno may be just the ticket.

Eastern Nevada

Battle Mountain

Population: 3,100
Median Home Value: $138,000

Once labeled the “Armpit of America,” Battle Mountain is now considered the best place to buy a home in Nevada in 2019. Originally home to the Shoshone and the Northern Paiute tribes, the unincorporated town was built up around railroads and mining (now gold mining and legalized gaming). The majority of residents (82%) own their homes and tend to be politically conservative.

Nestled in the Humboldt Valley between the Shoshone Range, the Battle Mountains, and the Sheep Creek Range, Battle Mountain is a prime location to explore Nevada’s backcountry – it is dubbed the “Gateway to America’s Outback” – and enjoy the fresh air, peace, and quiet of a small rural town. On the downside, there is room for improvement in terms of job opportunities. Besides outdoor recreation, there aren’t a whole lot of things to do locally, either.

Top public schools serving the Battle Mountain area include Battle Mountain Elementary School, Eleanor Lemaire Junior High School, and Battle Mountain High School.

Are you looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city living? This small, close-knit, and supportive community is an interesting alternative, especially if you’re looking to purchase a house and raise kids.

Elko

Population: 20,500
Median Home Value: $218,100

Heading east of Battle Mountain along Interstate 80 (about 70 miles), we make our way to Elko. This city of 20,000 is in Elko County, and it was recently named the best city to live in Nevada. Over 63% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools serving the area rate above average.

With a strong sense of community, active living, and peace & quiet, Elko offers the ultimate in rural Nevada lifestyle. Home to several casinos and community events (like the Health and Fitness Fair and Art in the Park), it’s the fastest-growing area in Nevada. Cost of living is cheap (approximately only 84% of the national average), and the median household income is the highest in the state. On the downside, the town is secluded. This isolation can be a good thing, however, if you’re looking for quiet living. 

Are you raising a family? Top public schools serving the Elko area include Mountain View Elementary School, Flagview Intermediate School, Grammar No. 2 Elementary School, Northside Elementary School, and Elko High School. Elko is also home to Great Basin College.

Arguably the best small town to live in the state, Elko offers the right blend of high quality of life, modern amenities, employment opportunities, and outdoor activities to put it at the top of our list for places to live in Eastern Nevada.

Southern Nevada

Henderson

Population: 302,500
Median Home Value: $327,600

As one of the Top 3 places to raise kids in the Las Vegas area (along with being considered one of the Top 50 places to live in the country), Henderson is a planned community that offers over 20 suburban developments (each with an assortment of great amenities) just outside America’s Playground. 62% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are above average.

Located in Clark County, about 16 miles southeast of Vegas, Henderson has been experiencing fast growth while retaining a small-town feel. Along with new construction (and the home of the Raiders’ new practice facility), the city offers low crime, stellar amenities, year-round sunny weather, beautiful scenery, bike paths, parks (most public parks per capita in the state), lakes, and golf courses. 

  • Top public schools: Advanced Technologies Academy, West Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Coral Academy of Science – Las Vegas, and College of Southern Nevada High School South. 
  • Top private schools: Lake Mead Christian Academy, American Heritage Academy, GV Christian School, Foothills Montessori School, and The Henderson International School. 
  • Top Colleges: Nevada State College, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, DeVry University – Nevada, Roseman University of Health Sciences, and Touro University – Nevada.

Close to Las Vegas (only about a 15-minute drive), Henderson is a refreshing city in the desert that offers both easy access to and an escape from the trappings of Sin City.

Las Vegas

Population: 642,000
Median Home Value: $274,300

Spanish for “The Meadows,” Las Vegas is better known by its famous nickname: Sin City. Offering hypnotizing glitz and glamor to tourists and residents, the city is more than just gambling and casino life. 60% of residents rent their homes, and the local public schools rank above average.

It’s easy to view Las Vegas as just a partying and gambling mecca, but it offers so much more. The list includes: high diversity, affordable housing market, plentiful jobs, low taxes (plus, no income tax!), natural beauty (close to Great Basin National Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area), cultural attractions (like the Neon Museum, Burlesque Hall of Fame, and the Mob Museum), and more.

  • Top public schools: Advanced Technologies Academy, West Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, College of Southern Nevada High School South, and Northwest Career & Technical Academy High School 
  • Top private schools: The Meadows School, The Adelson Educational Campus, Trinity International School, Challenger School – Summerlin, and Our Lady of Las Vegas School. 
  • Top colleges: University of Nevada – Las Vegas,  Aveda Institute – Las Vegas, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences – Summerlin, and Paul Mitchell the School – Las Vegas.
  • Top neighborhoods in the Las Vegas area: Green Valley Ranch, Green Valley South, Westgate, Summerlin, Green Valley North, Anthem, MacDonald Ranch, and The Lakes.

Along with being one of the top places in America to vacation or retire – it is currently ranked as the thirty-fifth best city to retire in the nation by Niche – Las Vegas offers a world of entertainment and opportunities for thrill-seekers, college students, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. 

Paradise

Population: 231,900
Median Home Value: $261,000

Last but not least, on our tour of Nevada, we have Paradise. The census-designated place (CDP) of over 230,000 is considered one of the Top 5 places to retire in America. About a twenty-minute drive south of Las Vegas, it offers convenient access to entertainment, activities, shopping, and everything in between. 60% of residents own their homes and tend to be politically liberal.

So, you may be asking, what’s the difference between Las Vegas and Paradise? Well, Paradise is an unincorporated town and not a neighborhood. So, if you’ve ever visited the Welcome to Las Vegas sign or the McCarran International Airport, you were technically outside Las Vegas!

Originally founded by people wishing to avoid paying city taxes on gambling, the town now is home to many long-term residents and businesses (along with a lot of hotels and casinos). The area attracts tourists – it has the highest concentration of attractions in the area – and those looking to avoid city taxation.

  • Top public schools: Advanced Technologies Academy, West Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, College of Southern Nevada High School South, and Northwest Career & Technical Academy High School. 
  • Top private schools: Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian Academy, St. Viator Catholic School, Challenger School – Silverado, Montessori Visions Academy, and Omar Haikal Islamic Academy. (Paradise is a quick commute to colleges, institutes, and trade schools in Las Vegas.)

Filled with stores, businesses, shops, parks, coffee shops, and access to all the fun Sin City has to offer; Paradise is aptly named for retirees and business owners alike.

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How to Move to Nevada

Moving doesn’t have to be agonizing. With the right planning, you can enjoy a smooth transition. Follow this interstate moving checklist for a successful Nevada relocation.

Get a Head Start:

  • Give yourself at 8–12 weeks to properly plan and execute your move. You’ll regret leaving it to the last minute, so don’t give in to procrastination.
  • First, start a moving checklist. This list can be written out or kept on a device. Also, grab an organizing folder to keep receipts and other important moving documents organized.
  • If you have help (friends, family, or both), get everyone together to discuss your relocation plan. Assign duties and make sure everyone is clear on their responsibility.
  • Once you’ve delegated tasks, place a list in the kitchen or another highly visible area. Make sure to update the list when appropriate and inform everyone of any adjustments.

Notify People ASAP:

  • Do you rent? If so, give your landlord a heads up as soon as you know you’re moving. This notification will help mitigate any issues involving extra charges and your security deposits.
  • Do you own? If so, contact a real estate agent to rent or sell your home. Using a professional will greatly improve your chances of finding reliable renters or selling your place at the best price.
  • Provide at least a month’s notice to employees and service providers (in-home care, landscapers, and so on). This notice will help them adjust and find new work. 
  • Last but not least, remember to get a hold of family and friends. If you’re not able to meet in person, be sure to send a nice email containing new contact info.

Hire a Moving Company:

  • Book NV movers well in advance to secure best rates and availability.
  • Compare at least 3–5 companies. Make sure they are fully licensed and insured.
  • Schedule your move during the off-season (fall and winter) for greater savings.
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Book Storage:

  • Moving, traveling, or renovating? In any case, you probably need secure storage.
  • Many NV movers also offer short-term and long-term storage options.
  • Need help finding the right fit? We can connect you with affordable NV storage.

Purge and Downsize:

  • Want to save space and money? Purge your home of disused items.
  • Begin by touring your home and taking notes of what each space contains.
  • Next, sort through your possessions. Work on one room at a time.
  • Choose which items you want to pack or discard — label or place in piles.
  • Sell online, donate to local charity or thrift shop, throw a yard sale, or recycle.
  • Properly dispose of any hazardous materials: oil, gas, aerosol cans, etc.

Pack Belongings:

  • Packing yourself? Don’t procrastinate! Spread out over a few weeks.
  • Get your hands on plenty of quality boxes, packing peanuts, and tape.
  • Begin by packing heavier stuff first — pair items of similar size and shape.
  • Once packed, fill cardboard boxes with peanuts or other suitable material.
  • Don’t forget to properly tape and clearly label every box.
  • Continue to pack at a steady pace. Keeping up with packing will make it a more manageable process.
  • Need a hand? We can hook you up with a partial-packing or full-packing service.

Arrange Travel:

  • Flying? Purchase flight tickets ahead of time for cheapest rates.
  • Driving? Schedule inspection and service at least two weeks before moving.
  • If doable, plan to arrive at your new home before the moving truck.
  • New NV residents must obtain a driver’s license and register within 30 days. 

Prep Pets and Kids:

  • Using play or story, explain the change to kids. Be kind and patient
  • Maintain a child’s regular schedule as much as possible.
  • If feasible, plan a visit to get acquainted with your new town or city.
  • Got furry friends? Visit the vet. Also, take a look at Nevada pet laws.
  • Schedule checkups with doctors, vision specialists, dentists, and so on.
  • Don’t forget to transfer important medical and school records.
  • It’s easy to get distracted on moving day — plan for babysitting or pet care.

Take Care of Services:

  • Update your address. Visit a local post office or go online to the USPS site.
  • Schedule new services to be turned on by the time you move into your new place.
  • Schedule for the disconnection of current utilities the day after you move out.
  • Remember to update info for online services, home delivery, etc.

Hire Cleaning Services:

  • Rent? Protect your security or damage deposit by hiring pro cleaners.
  • Own? Deep cleaning will greatly improve your house showing.
  • While you’re at it, consider other services (repairs, painting, and so on).
  • If possible, book cleaners to do their magic right after movers have left.

Say Your Farewells

  • Spend time with loved ones. Saying your goodbyes can be done over the days or weeks leading up to your relocation.
  • This transition is most likely an emotional time for everyone. Be kind and patient.
  • Throw a dinner party, BBQ, group outing, or hang out individually.

Be on Top of Moving Week:

  • Confirm arrival time and other details with moving company.
  • Eat up or donate remaining food in pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.
  • Fully clean and disinfect appliances to keep them mold-free.
  • Pack an essentials box. Include bedding, prescriptions, toiletries, and so on. 
  • Stay home the night before moving day. Relax, eat healthily, and get enough sleep.
  • Moving day is here! Meet with movers to answer any last-minute questions.
  • If you’re inclined, offer bottled water and snacks to moving team.
  • Perform one last walkthrough. Look for messes and missed items.

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Long Distance Moves

Interstate moving doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Great Guys Long Distance Movers makes it easy to source a highly qualified long distance moving service. Every moving company in your network is fully licensed, insured, and experienced in all types of relocation to or from the state of Nevada.

Intrastate & Local Moves

Whether you’re headed to Reno, Las Vegas or a tiny town, we’ve got you covered. Great Guys can connect you with local movers that know all the tips and tricks of moving within Nevada. From the bright lights of Vegas to the peace & quiet of Eastern Nevada, we have the right fit for you!

International Moves

Moving across the globe? Congratulations! Whether you’re moving for the military or a new corporate position, you need someone that help you out with complex paperwork, visas, and everything else that comes with this big move. Let us connect you with a fully licensed international moving service.

Small Load Moves 

Who says you don’t deserve quality moving services at an affordable price? From one-bedroom apartments to studios and college dorms, we can source you quick small load movers perfect for your budget. Sit back and relax while the pros take care of everything!

Furniture Shipments

You don’t have to go it alone. Besides, it’s not worth the risk of injury or damage. Let us hook you up with one of our top-rated furniture moving companies. From bulky leather sofas to vintage curio cabinets, our partners make it look easy.

Piano Transport

Don’t make the mistake of hiring subpar movers. Instead, rest assured that your prized instrument is being transported with the utmost care by our highly trained piano moving specialists. From organs to uprights and baby grands, our piano movers take every precaution to ensure a harm-free delivery.

Art Shipping & Transport

Need to relocate a private collection or art gallery? In any event, we can connect you with specialized art shippers that cater to your exact requirements. From custom crates to expert moving coordination, your antiques, collectibles, and fine art are in great hands with Great Guys.

Storage

Traveling or remodeling? Not quite ready to move into your new home? No problem. We make it easy to find a short-term or long-term storage option. One of our reputable moving companies has the perfect solution for your needs and budget. Get a hold of us today.

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

An unexpected move can knock the wind out of you. To help during this stressful time, contact us today. We can connect you with inexpensive, speedy last minute movers. The last thing you need is more stress on your shoulders. Let us help relieve the pressure of a short-notice relocation.

Residential Moves

A household move can be both exciting and daunting. There are so many logistics involved, not to mention all the packing. Who can you trust? Instead of blindly choosing a company, rely on our topnotch residential movers to provide you with a drama-free transition.

Packing Services

Not looking forward to packing? You’re not alone. Most people don’t have the time, energy, or ability to wrap, pad, box, and crate all of their belongings. Enjoy a trouble-free packing experience with a partial or full-service packing service.

Commercial and Office Moves

Relocating an office or expanding your business? You need movers you can count on to limit unnecessary delays and downtime. Our commercial moving specialists offer top-tier coordination and delivery services. Focus on your daily operations while your move is skillfully executed.

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