Three Questions That May Save You Stress When Moving in Atlanta

Atlanta is a city that offers both urban sophistication and southern charm, which is why the city has been a favored relocation destination for more than a decade.

Whether your upcoming move to Atlanta is for personal or business reasons, you can bet that planning ahead will help your move go more smoothly. Here are three important questions you should ask yourself as you plan your move.

1. Where exactly are you moving?

It’s a common mistake for newcomers to believe that they are moving to the city of Atlanta, when they may be instead moving to an outlying area. Geographically, the city of Atlanta is very small, with a population of about 420,000, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. On the other hand, the Atlanta metro area is made up of 28 counties and has a population of more than 5.2 million.

When planning your move, make sure you know whether your new place is within city limits or in the Atlanta metro area, or things may not go as planned. For example, you could incur a wrong destination fee for returning your rental truck in the city you will actually be residing, instead of the city of Atlanta. Or, you may be outside of the service area of your moving helpers, causing you to scramble at the last minute to find additional help.

The best thing to do is plan in advance. Look at a map of your new home in comparison to Atlanta. This way, you can avoid any setbacks on moving day.

2. Are your moving times flexible?

By Brett Weinstein from Atlanta, GA, via Wikimedia Commons

By Brett Weinstein, via Wikimedia Commons  CC BY-SA 2.0

If you are moving to the Atlanta metro area, you may soon find that traffic is a major consideration. Maintaining flexibility is the key to helping your moving day go more smoothly. You will want to avoid rush hour when possible. If you are traveling at the same time as everyone else is, the congestion could turn even a short distance drive into a longer trek than you expected. You can check the Georgia Department of Transportation’s traffic alerts and speeds at

Of course, avoiding the busy times on the road could mean having to pick up your truck later in the morning, and return it later in the evening.

The metro area has a great light rail system called MARTA that sprawls across many of the surrounding cities. To dodge traffic, you may be able to drop off your rental truck and take MARTA back to your new home, if you live close enough.

3. Will you need storage?


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As with many urban areas, extra storage space may not be a luxury in your new home. If you are coming to the city with extra furniture and boxes that you don’t plan to unpack, then you may want to consider renting a storage unit. Many companies, like U-Haul, will even offer a free month of storage with the rental of a truck. Shop around, and be sure to read online reviews of any storage facility before making a decision.

If you add the considerations above to your moving plan checklist, you’ll be more likely to steer clear of any potential hiccups, and will be on your way to enjoying all of the great things that the city of Atlanta has to offer.

Have you made the move to Atlanta? Were there any questions you wish you’d have answered beforehand? Let us know below in the comments section.

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