Ready to move to Upstate South Carolina? With a population of about 4.9 million, South Carolina and its cities have plenty to offer everyone from families to young professionals to retirees. A diverse housing market and strong economy make it a huge draw for those who want to live in the fastest-growing corner of the state.
One of the country’s most dynamic manufacturing centers, the region has long attracted all kinds of domestic and international businesses. Many regional, national, and international headquarters are here and major employers include BMW, GE, and Michelin North America.
Living in Spartanburg, SC
With a population of over306,000, Spartanburg County has plenty of attractions to keep you occupied for days. Its county seat, Spartanburg, is home to over 37,000 residents.
Highlights include BMW Zentrum, a vintage car museum, and Hun City Railroad Museum, which showcases vintage trail models in an old depot. HollyWild Animal Park is another must-see, as is the Pacolet River Heritage Preserve.
The housing market consists mainly of single-family homes. Buyers also have an excellent solution of new construction homes to choose from.
Moving to Greenville, SC
Greenville County has a population of about 491,000, while the city, which shares its name and serves as the county seat, is home to roughly 67,000 residents. Highlights include the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Upcountry History Museum.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Falls Park on the Reedy, which adjoins Downtown Greenville, and Paris Mountain State Park, which offers hiking, swimming, and biking opportunities.
The housing market consists primarily of single-family homes, with a wide range of new construction homes to choose from.
Moving here doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s what to do to make relocating to the Upstate a lot easier.
- Work with a reliable moving company
There are numerous moving companies that serve SC areas. Start your search online – any company worth its salt is bound to have an online presence. Read up on their services and ask for an upfront quote. You can also read reviews on sites like Yelp and Angie’s List to see what people are saying about the moving company of your choice.
- Plan ahead
Read up on weather reports and traffic updates in the weeks or days leading up to your move. This will help you anticipate any problems that might arise, as well as allow you to choose a route that will help you avoid traffic jams. Click here for live traffic updates in the Upstate area.
- Take short trips to the Upstate
Take your kids on short trips to your new city/town to help them get used to the idea of moving – and living – in the area. Build excitement by taking them to your new neighborhood, and showing them their new school. You can also show them the neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and other local attractions to pique their interest.
- Make sure your pets are vaccinated
Go on a trip to the vet before the big move to make sure that your pets’ vaccinations are up-to-date. Stock up on medications if necessary, and ask your vet for referrals in your new neighborhood so that your pets will have continuous vet care. Likewise, make sure you have enough pet food and drinking water in time for the move.
Think of your move as an opportunity to declutter. Get rid of clothes, shoes, and furniture that you will no longer need, and dispose of the ones that are damaged beyond repair. You can hold a garage sale months or weeks before the move. If you don’t have the time or the energy to sell your things, consider donating them to charity.
- Pack your valuables yourself
Don’t leave your valuables to the moving company. Whether it’s fine china, a jewelry collection, or high-tech gadgets, you’re better off packing and moving your valuables yourself. This helps you keep an eye on your things during the move. Keep them in the car with you as you relocate to SC to minimize the chances of them getting lost or damaged in the move.
- Get help from friends and family
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Enlist the help of friends and family while getting ready for the move. You can ask them to look after the kids or your pets while the moving company hauls your things. You can also ask them to help you pack.
- Have an emergency bag
Have an emergency bag where you can keep cash, keys, gadgets, chargers, medications, diapers, and a first-aid kit. The bag can also include snacks and drinks if you won’t have time to do a stop-over.
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