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Moving to New Orleans, LA Guide

Moving to New Orleans, LA Guide

Ah, New Orleans! Not the first city that comes to mind when you hear “moving”, but remarkable nonetheless. With its music, museums, festivities and great food, this place is worthy to be your next home.

Are you convinced yet? Still having doubts? Here you will learn how to easily move there, why you should do it, and how to get your car there as well.

The Nuts and Bolts of Moving to New Orleans

As with every other place, you have to be informed before you head on with the move. There are some things about this city which may throw you off guard if you are not prepared. Still, it may be the perfect place for your new adventure.

Don’t Expect a “City”

New Orleans isn’t your standard US metropolis where everyone is busy and the life is unbearably hectic. It’s more like a town in that regard. Some people are very friendly, others are a bit reserved, but all of them are interesting. It’s unlike anything else you have seen in the States.

In NOLA life is not as fast paced. People aren’t always on the move. Many take their time to greet you. Some may even stop for a brisk chat. Appointments are usually flexible and arriving on time is almost a taboo.

Save Up But Don’t Go Overboard

Like with any other place, moving to New Orleans will require you to save up. But while you should definitely have a nice stack of money for other places, in New Orleans you can get by with less than people expect.

Life in this city is not as expensive. You can live pretty comfortably even if you don’t hit those high figures. And if you actually have “big money”, you may live like a king. We are not joking – you can.

You May Need to Look Up The Papers

Some people think of New Orleans as a place that is a bit back in time. This applies to many of the landlords as well. A lot of them don’t list their places online. If you have a friend there, you should ask them to check the local papers for apartment listings so that you don’t miss on great deals.

On a similar note, always have cash with you. A big part of the city operates only through cash, which many people find strange. But as we said – it’s a tad back in time.

Get Auto Transport for Your Vehicle

Depending on how far from New Orleans you are, your best bet may be to hire a professional auto transporter to ship your car to The Big Easy. First, it is cheaper. You won’t spend anything on gas. And your car won’t break down in the middle of the road either.

Second, you won’t be engaged with yet another moving task. Freeing up such a chunk of your time may actually be quite beneficial. Time is money, they say.

You can check the services for a quick auto transport reference. If you don’t know anything about shipping a car, we have covered that further in this post.

Consider Getting a Bike

Maybe you are not a bike person but getting around this city on one is great. New Orleans is among the best places to enjoy a bicycle ride. Biking is a great physical activity as well, so you can enjoy a beautiful trip and nice workout at the same time!

What’s even better is that you won’t be alone pedaling through NOLA. There are many bicycle enthusiasts in New Orleans, and a lot of people see it as the go-to method of transportation. New Orleans even has a silver level for a bicycle-friendly community!

Reasons to Move to The Big Easy

Let’s see why New Orleans may be a good candidate for your next home. This city has a lot to offer, but you have to know what to expect. For some people, it’s the best place on Earth. For others, it doesn’t really work.

If you are a career-driven person who tries to climb to corporate ladder, this city may seem a bit slow-paced at first. This shouldn’t discourage you, though! New Orleans’ economy is on the rise. It is the perfect place for career opportunities right now.

But if you want to enjoy life to the fullest and immerse yourself in a great culture – you can do that as well! New Orleans may not have the rising fame of Austin, TX but it sure has the flare. Here are our favorite things about it.

The Fun Never End

Seriously, you can find something to do any time you want. Are you about to have a free weekend? Well, not anymore! You have to try really hard to get bored in New Orleans. Just keep in mind that if you can’t find info about an event online, it doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Go out and ask around!

It Has Something for Everyone

People have different tastes, and this city tries to satisfy all of them. Whether you are a music buff, who loves indie songs, or you consider yourself an epicurean, you will be at home here. Heck, you can even have your best meal while you listen to some nice jazz if that’s your thing.

Great Education Opportunities

If you have children, you’ll be happy to learn that New Orleans has some of the best educational facilities in the country. Whether you want a private school for your kids, or you prefer charter education, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s Beautiful

Oftentimes we forget to simply enjoy the view. If you’ve ever lived in a big city, you know you don’t have time to stop and stare. Too often there isn’t something to stare at anyway. But here you can find great museums, astonishing architecture, and even nature to admire.

You cannot possibly take it all in a single go. Every time you walk around the city, you will notice something new and interesting. So don’t be afraid – go out and enjoy it in your own way! It will definitely find a place in your heart.

Rich History and Culture

New Orleans has influences from all around the world. There are prominent Spanish and French notes, but you can find all kinds of multicultural things to delight in. Getting to know its history and culture will make you love the city even more!

You Don’t Have to Sweat It

Well, you do, because it gets hot in the summer, but you don’t have to push yourself. Here you can live at your own pace. No one is going to breathe down your neck, rushing you who knows where. It offers a nice sense of freedom that many people can’t live without.

How to Ship Your Car to New Orleans

So you’re sold, New Orleans is your next adventure. Great choice, indeed! But let’s get technical for a second. Moving in and of itself is quite the hassle. And the trouble only doubles if you have to get your car to the new place. So what are your options?

The DIY Approach

Some people prefer to drive their vehicle by themselves all the way to their new location. This option can work if it’s not a long drive, but a cross-country one? Yeah, we will advise against that.

You risk a lot with a long drive. First, you have to be sure your car is in top condition. You don’t want it to die on you in the middle of the trip. Second, you have to be in top condition. Being well-rested, fully alert, and completely concentrated is a must! 

Third, it will cost you. Yes! If you add a hotel/motel stay (or even two), the price of the gas, meals, and some unpredicted expenses, the cost can skyrocket. Keep in mind we are not even adding the time you have to spend getting to your destination. Shaving a thousand (or more) miles off your engine’s life is not to be underestimated either.

On the positive side – it can be a great adventure. If you have friends or family with you, this can be your version of a road trip.

Hire Someone Else To Do It

There are drive away services that connect drivers with vehicles that need transporting. It’s usually on a door-to-door basis, but you can arrange for something else if this doesn’t work for you.

The good? You won’t have to deal with the trouble of getting the car there yourself. The bad? It does cost more, as there is a service fee on top of gas.

Professional Auto Transport

We believe this is the best choice. You have a lot of options here, but the most important thing is to find a reputable company. A good one will tell you all about the process and will answer all your questions. The car shipping cost should also be clear.

If you are completely unfamiliar with car shipping, you don’t have to worry. The experts of Corsia Logistics can guide you through the process – it’s really simple!

Everything starts with a car shipping quote. We require some information, upon which we can do a calculation and give you a price. It depends a lot on the size and weight of the car, as well as the distance between the shipping locations.

Understanding the auto transport process is the key to figuring out what is a good deal. If you want to learn more, read our post on shipping your car for the first time.

In Conclusion

New Orleans is great! We can’t overstate that. There aren’t many places in the States, which truly deserve the title “unique”, but The Big Easy definitely does. This city can be an exciting adventure for you or simply a way to give yourself a break.

And the great part about NOLA is that you can feel like a tourist even years after you’ve moved. Which, we realize, may be a bad thing for some people. But it is what it is – a fun, interesting place, which has a lot going for it.

If you haven’t decided whether you should move there yet, we hope that at least you are considering it more seriously now. Have we missed a good reason why one should move to New Orleans? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!

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