Atlanta: The unofficial capital of the southern states and the very official capital of Georgia. Not too long ago Atlanta was merely another city, struggling to diversify itself from other major urban centers like Charlotte, Savannah, Birmingham and Mobile. Today however, the Atlanta area is "all grown up" and is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States with an estimated population of 5.3 million people. As we previously covered in our "Fastest Growing US States and Regions" post, the Atlanta metro area accounted for 54.4% of Georgia's population growth during the 2000-2010 period.
If you are unfamiliar with Atlanta you may be asking, "What's the big deal?" The primary attraction of course is jobs, and lots of them. Atlanta has been described as an "Alpha World City", its economy ranks 15th in the world and 6th in the nation. As you might imagine, an economy of that magnitude must be supported by some major companies. Indeed, the Atlanta area is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies and over 75% of Fortune 1000 companies have operations in the Atlanta area. So who are these big companies that draw people to the area? We will bet that most people's first guess will be Coca-Cola, but who else? Atlanta is home to the world headquarters for The Home Depot, AT&T, Turner Broadcasting, UPS, The Weather Channel, Chik-Fil-A, Arby's, Suntrust Bank, Delta Airlines, Newell Rubbermaid, Equifax, Georgia-Pacific, RaceTrac Fuel, AirTran Airways and FirstData. Long list huh? There are plenty more but we felt we made our point as to why Atlanta is such a draw to new residents. It's important to note that the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has also been considered the "World's Busiest Airport" since 1998.
DIY Moving to Atlanta
First things first, remember that our blog and moving tips are devoted to self moving and not full service moving. The concept of building your move using separate services (See 'How It Works' for Information) as opposed to traditional van line moving companies is more involved and hands on but the savings can make the extra effort worth it. Moving to Atlanta, like most cities, is pretty simple once you understand how self moving works. We've outlined some of the basics for you below and even provided Atlanta-specific details about parking permits, moving supplies and other tips to help make your move as easy as possible.
Choose A Transportation Provider
As we have outlined many times there are three primary options for transporting household goods outside of a full service mover: Truck Rental, 'You Load, We Drive' Freight and Portable Storage. Each option has it's own unique benefits, features and reasons to be utilized; some may work for your situation while others may not. Remember that if you are currently located in Georgia you can automatically rule out freight as you cannot use this option for an in-state move. You can further review our in-depth overview about which options are best suited for which situations in our long distance moving section.
Hire Moving Help
Once you have chosen a transportation method it is time to hire moving help. Our company provides movers without the truck specifically for customers who have their own transportation arranged. We come to your home and load or unload your household items in a professional manner. Why hire moving labor to load your moving truck or unload your storage container?
- We do the heavy lifting and physically move the items so you don't have to
- We expertly load to maximize space and reduce the potential for damage
- We pad and wrap furniture with furniture pads
- We are efficient. Our movers can load a full household in less time than if you were to do it on your own
Do you need a Parking Permit in Atlanta?
Despite our best efforts we were unable to obtain a clear cut list of permit requirements. This is primarily because the Atlanta area is a vast metropolis with many different cities, towns and jurisdictions; each with their own rules and regulations. If you plan to leave your POD, trailer or moving truck in a public right of way for more than a few hours you should contact your local jurisdiction to see if a permit is required. In the City of Atlanta you need to contact the Department of Transportation - Public Works at 404-330-6501.
Moving Supplies, Boxes and Plastic Bin Rental
If you're moving within the Atlanta area (local move) we highly recommend using BungoBox. They specialize in renting plastic moving bins that are environmentally friendly, reusable, durable and affordable. In addition to the obvious benefit or renting the bins, BungoBox also delivers and picks up for free. You can save 15% on your total rental by using our promotional code - Simply head over to our discounts section and find the details under "Partner Offers".