Are you moving to South Carolina? Have you spent time planning on how you are going to pack your stuff and move to the beautiful state? If you have yet to plan, now is a good time to get out a pen and paper.
With its pearls, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina’s coastline boasts some of the nicer beaches in America, top resorts and unforgettable golf courses. But as you’ll see when moving to South Carolina, the Deep South’s smallest state is a giant when it comes to history and culture.
It is important for every new resident of South Carolina to know about the different neighborhoods, the transportation system, and the education system established in their new state. To make things easier for you, read this guide, consisting of an overview of South Carolina.
1. Moving Tips and Services
Moving to a new state requires an individual to plan everything out beforehand. The first thing on the list should be to book a moving company. Transporting all your belongings, from furniture, tools and kitchen supplies, to toys and even a car, to another location is not going to be an easy task, it is highly recommended to live it to the experts. Choosing a professional moving company will assure you minimum damages and maximum time for you to take care of other important things, like, finding a job, finding schools, finding new home, deciding in which neighborhood you would like to live in and so on.
If you do not want to go through the hassle of moving yourself and risking your belongings, you should research for reliable and experienced moving company.
Here are a few tips to help you choose the right mover:
• Prior to moving it is advised that you go through your items and see if there are items that you may want to let go of, or sell. Reducing the amount of items would reduce moving cost, and if you can do a moving sale you can use some of the funds from such sale to offset the cost of the move.
• Another great idea is to arrange for a “packing party”. You can invite friends and family and while you get them food and drinks and even play some good music, they can help supervise, or even pack some pots and pans.
• Stay organized. Moving could be messy, therefor start a moving folder and try to stay organized as much as you can.
• If possible, try to schedule moves in the middle of the month. Most homes are trying to reserve the last days, or, the first few days of the month for moving. If you can plan to move during a weekday and in the middle of the month, you may be able to save. Talk to your moving company representative to see how move date can help with saving.
• You should always research when looking at potential movers. Do not be fooled by the “low price”. You should research your movers with the better business bureau, the US department of transportation and state agencies like MMTA – the Maryland motor truck association, or, in VA the VMWA – the Virginia Movers and warehouseman’s association.
Once you have secured professional movers to help you relocate to South Carolina, you need to choose a day to move.
Before you hit the road, you need to learn about the traffic conditions on the road to prevent from becoming stuck on your way to South Carolina. The roads around the cities of Charleston and Columbia tend to become congested with traffic, particularly during commute times.
You should avoid traveling to state between the months of May and September, as mostly everyone is headed to the resort towns and coastal areas of South Carolina. You will also find slow-moving cars on the highways at this time. Next, you have to decide on the season you are planning to move.
If you are planning to move to the state in the summers, you will encounter heat and humidity, All of the seasons in South Carolina are rainy but the spring has the most rain. Check the forecast to see the heat index before moving.
2. Highways and Public Transport
In South Carolina, you can travel from one location to another via railroads or in a plane, if you intend to fly out of state or country. Finding your way around the state will not be difficult due to its extensive infrastructure, consisting of roads, highways, and transportation systems.
Here is a list of roads, public transport systems, railroads, and airports you should know about in South Carolina:
Roads- The state has twelve Interstate highways. Few of the major ones include I-20, I-77, I-95, I-85, I-385, and I-26.
Railroads- The state has four Amtrak lines that go all over the state and to all of South Carolina’s major cities.
Public Transportation System- Residents can board the public transit buses, which are available in all of the counties in the state.
Airports- The major airports of South Carolina are Charleston International Airport, Hilton Head Airport, Myrtle Beach International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
When you are planning a move to South Carolina, you’ll want to plan, if you can, for the move to happen in the spring of fall months. South Carolina is a hot and humid state. South Carolina has a subtropical climate, which means that winters in the state are cooler. In the summers, the temperatures are about 90 degrees and in the winters, the temperatures are about 60 degrees. In the coastal region of the state, it is much colder with the temperatures as low as 32 degrees. South Carolina tends to get a lot of rain as well.
Is good to know what the value of education will be in your new home. In 2010, the state refused to use the languages standards and international math and along with it, two other states have refused to add to their school curriculum as well. The state has more than 1,000 schools and in the past, has spent over $8,000 on each student. In 2011, it was reported that the state’s average SAT score was 1360.
South Carolina has a host of different educational institutions from a liberal arts college, religious institution, to a traditional military school. The top three universities of South Carolina are Furman University, University of South Carolina, and Clemson University.
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New residents can visit the state’s official site if they require up-to-date information on South Carolina. Some of the information you should know about the South Carolina’s government beforehand is about excise taxes, toll roads, voter registration information, trash and recycling services, driver’s license, and vehicle registration.
You will need to pay 5% tax on your car and you will have to pay a toll at the following toll roads, I-385, I-26, and I-22. You can visit the official site for other information regarding trash services, voter registration, and vehicle registration. In addition, you will find helpful resources on the site to help you transition to South Carolina.
6. Cities / Metro Areas
The major cities of South Carolina to consider calling your new home are Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Greenville, Summerville, Sumter, Hilton Head Island, and Myrtle Beach. Columbia has a strong army presence and has several universities and colleges based there.
Charleston is associated with a lot of history while North Charleston is considered the manufacturing center of the state. Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island are home to beautiful and stunning beach resorts. Sumter is the location for the Shaw Air Force Base. Greenville is known for hosting several events and festivals throughout the year. You can also consider moving to Rock Hill, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville.
7. Cost of Living
Most people who shift to South Carolina come to look for a job or to retire. If you are one of them, you should consider the cost of living in the state before you come. Living in the South Carolina is 10% lower than any other state.
In comparison to states like New York, California, Alaska, and Hawaii, living expenses are quite less—about 30% lower. The average household income of the state amounts to about $39,450. If you have steady stream of income coming in, you can live a comfortable life in the state. The price of each home will vary from city to city. For instance, a three-bedroom home will cost you $167, 500 and $725 if you rent.
For most parents, schools in the area will be one of their most important concerns. They will base their decision to live in a city and neighborhood in South Carolina on the type of schools near their new home.
If a high school graduate wants to shift to South Carolina for higher education that should look at the top universities and colleges in the state. To help parents and high school graduates decide, here is a list of schools they should look into to enroll:
• Buist Academy in Charleston
• Sterling Elementary in Greenville
• Mount Pleasant Academy in Mount Pleasant
• Oak Pointe Elementary School in Dutch Fork Township
• H.E. Corley Elementary School in Irmo
• Greenville Tech Charter High School in Greenville
• Charleston School of the Arts in North Charleston
• Wando High School in Mount Pleasant
• North Augusta High School in North Augusta
• Silver Aiken High School in Aiken
• The College of Charleston
• Furman University in Greenville
• Clemson University in Clemson
• The Citadel in Charleston
• University of South Carolina in Columbia
If you need to apply to a university, you should visit the university or college’s official site. Parents, on the other hand, can visit the school to talk to the principal about the school’s curriculum. Parents can talk to their neighbors in the area to learn about the school.
9. Media Outlets
Moving to a new home may mean a new source of local news. If your favorite source for news is newspapers, you will need to subscribe to the following newspapers:
• The Sun News (Myrtle Beach)
• The Post and Courier (Charleston)
• The Item (Sumter)
• The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island)
• The Herald (Rock Hill)
• The Greenville News (Greenville)
• The Daily King News (Hilton Head Island)
• The Beaufort Gazette (Beaufort)
• Columbia City Paper (Columbia)
• Aiken Standard (Aiken)
When you are roaming South Carolina and discovering your city, you can tune into the following radio stations:
• 95.9 in Charleston
• 104.7 in Columbia
• 93.7 in Florence
• 97.7 in Myrtle Beach
10. About Movers USA
Relocation can be tiring and stress inducing. It is very hard to find the right movers who can plan the right strategy for you. However, minimum risk should be involved when considering relocation. Ideally, the process of relocation should be reliable and smooth. Moving from one place to another can be a big hassle, let alone from one country to another. Therefore, to have the best moving experience, it is extremely necessary to find the right company.
With more than 3 decades of on hand experience, Movers USA is surely the best professional choice you can make when it comes to relocation. We specialize in taking away all your worries and stresses related to relocation and work with you to create a smooth moving plan for you! Be it within town, outside the state or even country, Movers USA will surely deliver the best.
The staff at Movers USA is experienced and qualified to handle any type of move. We are known for giving top quality service and having the best teams in town. Our guys will be able to handle any challenge efficiently and we always take the furthest precaution in caring for your items.
From our know-how to the top of the line moving equipment that we use, your items will be in good hands.
Movers USA have well-maintained and high quality trucks. You may have even seen our beautiful trucks around town! The trucks are custom designed for making the relocation easier and simpler. They provide best quality service, be it an interstate, local or even international move. All type of storage services including short term and long term are available. Consult with one of our specialists to discover all your options to find which will work best for you.
With all these features, we also offer constant live customer support. The claims for theft, damage or loss can easily be registered. The highly professional team can help you in making the best of your move. The high quality services are also given at a very low cost compared to the market. As it is very difficult to find the best price for the most reliable moving services, choose Movers USA and have a smooth and stress-free relocation experience!