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Making Harrisburg Your New Home? Tips For Moving To The Capital

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | Jul 25, 2017 10:19 AM

Moving is an exciting time, because there's so much going on and so much to do. Trying to get everything in order before and after the big move is overwhelming, and sometimes the only solace is your destination. If you're moving to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, you're in for a treat.

The Pennsylvania capital is a lovely place to start a new chapter of life in, whether it's your first move on your own or one of the many you've completed in your lifetime. The goal is to have a successful move so you can integrate into your lovely new city without any hiccups, but if you don't think every step of the way through, you may find this difficult.

Before you do anything about your move, read up on the best ways to handle some of the biggest aspects of moving. That way, once you land in Harrisburg, you'll know exactly which box your tennis shoes are in and you'll be ready to hit the streets and start exploring.

Do Your Research

This is something that goes without saying, but is often overlooked, especially if you've recently landed a job and need it more than you need anything else. It's still a good idea to learn about the city you're moving to before you actually arrive, and Harrisburg is no exception.

Outdoor activities are a big part of life for a Harrisburg resident. There are easily accessed waterfront activities and places to hike, and both are within a relatively short distance, since the city is not very large. When you're between the river and mountains, you'll find a cozy town of just over 550,000 people, the kind of place where you can know your neighbors without feeling like you can't meet someone new.

You should also be aware that even the most charming city has its crime, and you shouldn't move right into the middle of it. Check out this online crime map that shows the safest and least safe places to move. Generally, Harrisburg is a beautiful, safe place to land, but if you have your choice of where to live, consulting a crime map is still in your best interest.

Find A Great Home

After you've secured your job or officially chosen Harrisburg as your future city, the next step is to find a perfect place to live. There are hundreds of websites online to help you filter through homes, but having that many options can make you feel like you're going to end up choosing something wrong. What if you fall in love with a home using a website, but there's a better one that's waterfront or closer to the city?

That's where local property management companies come in. Local real estate agents will be more than happy to help talk you through the process of finding a home over the phone, and they can schedule tours for you to see what you'd like if you have the ability to drop into town before you move.

If you can't visit, they can also help guide you as you look online for your apartment, house or student living. Local real estate agents are always a great resource when you're preparing to move to a new area, and Harrisburg agents will be with you every step of the way.

Book The Right Moving Company

You might want to jump right into packing, but consider how your belongings are going to get to Harrisburg. Chances are, you have more things than will fit into your sedan, so you'll have to start looking into moving companies. How do you choose the right one?

There are some easy ways to know you're booking the right moving team to help you, and that starts off with things like signing with a local company to avoid fraud. People online know that moving is hard, and if they offer a fake moving service for what looks like a good price, they can take your money without ever helping lift a box.

People in your area are ready to help you, just like the real estate agents in the Harrisburg area. Never be afraid to ask questions -- there are experts out there ready to help!


Before you move to Harrisburg and start the next and newest phase of your life, make sure you know as much as you can about what part of the city you're moving to and get in touch with a local real estate agent. They can give you the specific pros and cons of each area of the city you might move to, and they can give pointers for the best way to move there.

Moving is overwhelming, but not impossible. Ask questions as they pop into your head, and you'll find that once you arrive on the streets of Harrisburg, you'll feel like you've already made a home. The city will welcome you, and your mind will be at peace knowing you've done everything you can to make moving a great experience.

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