San Diego has long been known as one of the best cities to live in within the US and arguably even California.  Many people are aware (if not envious) of the ocean views, sandy beaches, temperate climate, fine cuisine and vast array of breweries, booming economy with a variety of industries to choose from and the convenient location next to Mexico, LA, Las Vegas and even the shortest flight time to Hawaii.  The list could go on and on about why someone would want to move to San Diego from anywhere else.  What many people aren’t aware of though, is how to relocate to San Diego without getting lost in the hustle and bustle of everyone else trying to move here.  Here are the top three things to consider while moving here

Make your move in the winter time

  1. There are a few great reasons why you should move here between September and April.  First and foremost, housing prices increase during the summer months to accommodate (or take advantage of) the large amount of people that flock here just in time for bathing suit season. Secondly, housing competition is very high right before the school year starts because there are so many students looking for housing around one of the many Universities in San Diego County.

And last but not least, move here in the winter to take advantage of moving companies lower rates (if you’re going to be using professional movers).
San Diego in Winter

  1. Location, location, location

There is a trade-off that people get caught up in when they move to San Diego: Do I live closer to the beach/work/school/etc, and pay more for housing? Or should I live further from my daily activities or in a less desirable neighborhood but pay less for housing? It is a rule of thumb that the further from the beach you live you will pay less for housing space. To help you make this decision, make sure to take into consideration your daily commute. It is recommended that you stay within 10 miles of where you work or go to school (if you can) to prevent spending hours each day stuck in traffic.  Make sure to check out the neighbors and housing in person before you commit to anything.  Ask about parking and neighborhood events (comic-con and marathons can shut down parts of the city and make commutes and parking even more challenging).
Where should I live in San Diego?

  1. How not to get scammed

Because of the competition to move to San Diego, there are an unmanageable amount of brokers, housing companies, and moving companies to choose from.  Not to mention the endless options of individuals renting their places or offering to help you relocate.  With all the options and lack of visibility of online sellers, make sure you can check out everything in person.  This means walking through an apartment or house before you sign anything (even if you have to do it via facetime or have a friend go check it out for you).  Also make sure to use San Diego based housing and moving companies so that you will have an office to walk into and people to talk to in person if you have questions or issues once you get here.
Moving and starting over in a new city, job or school can be stressful and overwhelming, but the good news is that you’ll be able to spread out on a beach, walk by the ocean, dine on the best food and relax in the sun once you get here.

How to Avoid Being Scammed by Moving Companies