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Complete Moving Guide to Savannah, GA
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|This sunny and green city laced with ornate iron work, garden
fountains and rich architecture would be enough to draw in any new resident, but
Savannah, Georgia has much more than that. Its extensive history with both
revolutionary and civil wars give this southern city a unique depth, while its
modern reputation for southern hospitality adds to its charm.
have made the decision to move to Savannah, or are still considering the move,
take a look at the following guide for helpful tips and information to make your
transition smooth and effortless. If you do decide to relocate, get started with
a free moving
quote here at Movers.com!
Savannah ClimateIf you're headed this far south, get ready for
warm to hot summers that can last approximately eight to nine months out of the
year. Generally, temperatures average in the 80s most of the year, but drop to
more mild temperatures during the winter (December through February). Summers
are also very humid, with a considerable amount of rain and
Since it is a coastal city, is also at risk for
hurricanes, though they have seldom left any significant damage within the last
two centuries, except for Hurricane David in 1979.
Savannah NeighborhoodsYou will find plenty of diverse
neighborhoods in and around the city of Savannah, as there are over 100 of them.
The city is broken down into six specific areas: Downtown, Midtown, Southside,
Westside and Southwest/West Chatham.
If you're interested in residential
areas, Ardsley Park in Midtown is Savannah's first suburb, and is an upscale
neighborhood comprised of many four or five bedroom mansions as well as smaller
houses, with tree-lined streets. Gordonston is similar to Ardsley, but on a much
smaller scale if you're looking for a quiet neighborhood.
the preserved Historic District of the city, spanning approximately 2.5 square
miles. This area contains a much more commercial feel, but it is intermingled
with blocks of residential areas with many restored homes that are great for new
Registering Your CarAs a new Georgia resident, you will have 30
days to register your car in the state. You will need your driver's license,
proof of insurance, proof of residency, a completed Certificate of Inspection, a
completed Title/Tag Application, and proof of passed vehicle emissions
inspection (if applicable).
You'll need to apply for a Georgia driver's
license within 30 days of residency, prior to registering your vehicle. You can
do this at any customer service center, and most centers in the metro Atlanta
area offer appointments to transfer your out of state license. As long as your
out of state license is current and surrendered at the time of your appointment,
you will not have to take any written exam.
Savannah SchoolsSavannah-Chatham County Public Schools serves
the city for public education, and has an enrollment of approximately 35,000
students in over two dozen elementary schools, nine middle schools, seven K-8
schools and 10 high schools.
The city has four colleges for higher
education opportunities. These four schools are: Armstrong Atlantic
State University, Savannah College of Art and
Design (SCAD), Savannah State University and South
University. These schools offer bachelor's, master's, professional and
doctoral degree programs. In addition to these schools, Georgia Tech Savannah
calls the city home, as well as Georgia Southern University's satellite campus
Savannah EmploymentThe main industries that drive the city's
economy are the Port of Savannah, manufacturing, the military and tourism. The
tourism industry accounts for over 12 million visitors annually and spending of
over $2 billion. The unemployment rate in the city is slowly decreasing, and is
at approximately 7.8 percent as of February 2013. There have been fewer layoffs
and job growth in business services, education and health care, as well as in
state and local government.
Some major employers in the city include:
Memorial University Medical Center, Wal-Mart, St. Joseph's/Candler, SSA Cooper,
Kroger, Marine Terminal Corp., Target, Momentum Resources II and Home Depot.
Living Costs in the CityDepending on the type of city you will
be moving from, you will most likely see a decrease in your bills in Savannah.
Locals tout the city for being a great place to retire with good health care and
affordable housing. The overall cost of living is approximately 9 percent lower
than the national average. The average listing price for single family homes in
the city is approximately $300,000, whereas the median sales price is around
If you're looking to rent an apartment, you will spend somewhere
between $700 and $1,100 per month for a one-bedroom, depending on the unit. Some
apartment complexes offer included utilities and amenities such as a pool or
clubhouse, which may increase your monthly rent.
Monthly utility bills
vary considerably depending on the size of your home and the time of year, and
can range anywhere from $70 to $300 a month. If you aren't used to the heat, you
will probably end up running your air conditioning more often, so keep that in
mind when you begin to budget your expenses.
Savannah Moving ResourcesMoving and storage companies can
service your move to Savannah, whether you're moving from out of state or from
another county in Georgia. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving
services before you commit to hiring any (we recommend at least three
estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving
service wisely with important
questions to ask, differentiating between types
of estimates, and mistakes
to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the
Savannah TransportationChatham Area Transit provides public
transportation in the metropolitan area of the city, and operates seven days a
week offering almost two dozen routes, with most of the stops walking distance
from residential areas. The Downtown Transportation (DOT) system provides
free-of-charge transportation within the Historic District – mostly by shuttle
Residents can also use Amtrak for transportation from New York
City to Miami, Florida. For travel by air, Savannah/Hilton Head International
Airport is located conveniently off of Interstate 95.
If traveling by
personal vehicle, major highways that serve the city are: Interstate 95, 16 and
515; U.S. Routes 80 and 17; SR 204, Harry S. Truman Parkway, Veterans Parkway
and the Islands Expressway.
Culture & Contemporary LifeWhether you're into movies, restaurants, strolls through quaint
downtown streets or hitting the beach, Savannah has a little bit of
The city also has an abundance of cultural activities like
the Savannah Dance Theatre, the Savannah Orchestra, the Coastal Jazz
Association, Savannah Community Theatre and the Savannah Philharmonic. In
addition, visitors often enjoy the Tybee Island Light Station, the first
lighthouse on the southern Atlantic coast. There's also the Savannah
International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island, Telfair Museum
of Art, Ships Museum of the Sea, and the City Market in the Historic
For outdoor recreation, try Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park
bordered by Gaston Street, that has a cast iron fountain, the Confederate
Soldier Monument and the Marine Corps Monument for viewing.
Savannah Relocation Tips
- If you don't own a personal car, you may want to consider that option when
moving to this city, as the public transportation is fairly limited.
- There's a lot of tourism going on in the city, as well as close by military
bases, so renting a house can be pricey in this area, and traffic can be
congested at times – make sure you have the income to support a high rent cost
and allot enough time for your daily commute.
- It's hot! Make sure you prepare your belongings and home (and yourself) for
warm temperatures. Get a shade for your car windshield and a steering wheel
cover. Buy sun block and visit your dermatologist regularly.
Author : Jenna Farmer
on May 17, 2013
Movers.com - Moving Expert