How to Move to Charlotte, NC

Posted by Chad Hendrix on Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 7:23am.

So, you’re moving to Charlotte.

You’re about to land in one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and you’re going to love it here. We’ve got professional sports teams, outdoor recreation, a booming business industry, and gorgeous neighborhoods to boot.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of a move to Charlotte, let us give you a few pointers. Afterall, we live here and also help people relocate to Charlotte all the time; we know what we’re talking about.

Step One: Living Arrangements

You should know that it’s almost exactly the same cost to rent or own in the Charlotte area. The median rent for a one-bedroom is just over $1,000 a month, but with mortgage rates at all-time lows, many are considering purchasing instead. If you’re renting, you can probably use a large rental site such as to find the perfect place. If you’re buying, you’ll want to work with an experienced Charlotte buyer’s agent to find the best deal in the right area.

Once you decide whether you’re renting or buying, you’ll need to choose a neighborhood. Not only will you want to consider Charlotte’s most popular infill neighborhoods like Dilworth, Myers Park, Sedgefield, and of course, Uptown, you’ll want to think about whether outlying neighborhoods and suburbs like Ballantyne, Fort Mill, Davidson, or Mooresville are options, too. Factors like commutability, schools, and cost-of-living should all be considered.

Step Two: Moving Checklist

Moving to another city means you’ve got to familiarize yourself with the local utilities, schools, streets, and more. Here are a few things to check off your list before you plan your move:

  •         Power: Within the city of Charlotte, you’ll use Duke Energy for power. Call them (800.777.9898) at least two weeks BEFORE your move to ensure your power’s on when you get there. (Outside of CLT? Use the Charlotte Chamber’s list of nearby providers.)

  •         Gas: Your residence may or may not use gas – some multi-family buildings don’t – for anything from electricity to cooking to hot water heating. Piedmont Natural Gas is Charlotte’s gas provider – call them (800.752.7504) at least a week before moving to set up service.

  •         Telephone/Internet/TV: You’ve got options! Depending on where you’ll be living, check with AT&T (888-757-6500), Time Warner Cable (877-566-4TWC), and even Google Fiber to see if you’re covered. It usually takes a few days to get a technician to come out, so call before moving day.

  •         Water/Sewer: The vast majority of homes in Charlotte are on city sewer and water (as opposed to well water or a septic tank). Water and sewer services will be billed to you directly each month but you’ll need to contact the water department (704-336-7600)about a week before you move to switch the name on the account.

  •         Trash Collection: For most CLT residents, trash collection is included in your property taxes. Your building or home should have a dumpster or trash can(s) already, but check here for your pickup day.

  •         US Postal Service: Before you move, don’t forget to officially change your address with the USPS so they’ll forward mail from your old address to your new one in Charlotte.

You’ll also want to consider property taxes, changing over your driver’s license, and getting your kids enrolled in school, if applicable.

Step Three: Plan Your Life in CLT

Now that you’ve got your move underway, figure out how you’re going to enjoy your life in Charlotte! We’ve got something for everyone here, from a massive parks system to dozens of festivals and events to several professional sports teams. And if you like outdoor recreation, know you’re only a short drive away from hiking, mountains, and beaches.

Ready to move to town? We’re your relocation experts in Charlotte and we’re excited to help you start your new life in the Queen City. Call us today to get started.

Chad Hendrix, Charlotte real estate agentHi, I'm Chad Hendrix, owner of Hendrix Properties. Whether you're just browsing or seriously looking to move, I hope you'll feel free to reach out to me sooner rather than later. I'd love the opportunity to be your agent long before you actually need one. Call or text anytime you'd like at 704-737-4400 -Chad Hendrix

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2 Responses to "How to Move to Charlotte, NC"

Theresa wrote: Moving from a very small community 36 miles from Wilmington, NC to Charlotte, NC. Overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. I'm 54 and starting over for the first time since 1988 as a single person. My kids- a 27 & 26 yr old son and daughter, respectively- both reside there. Moving to be near them. Wondering what health care jobs are willing to give me 2 months at least to get things sold and cleaned out here and finish my notice at my present job. Yikes ! It's enough to make me wanna run away ! Lol! Don't know whether to try to rent or apply for USDA or FHA loan since divorce left my credit in pretty rough shape. Get a lot of scam artists promising the sky and delivering lies. So trust is a huge issue here. Don't have money to waste whatsoever. Thank you for this site. Hopefully if I read enough, I'll garner the knowledge I need to move forward in a smart and preplanned way... wish me luck !
Theresa Johnson, LPN

Posted on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 2:17am.

Chad Hendrix wrote: Hi Theresa, I appreciate you writing in. You can always reach out to me directly if you have any questions, want to know more about the area, etc. I'm here to help.
It sounds like one really smart thing for you to do would be to reach out to one of my trusted mortgage officers. You can call them, tell them you've been communicating with me and are simply contemplating a move to Charlotte and not sure if you'd like to buy or rent but at least would like to know if you 'could' buy or not and what your price range might be. They would hold your hand and walk you right through it. Everyone I associate myself with is pretty down to earth and no-pressure so just let me know if you'd like to arrange a pleasant conversation with one of them. That would be a GREAT first step.
Also, you can always call me at 704-737-4400 if you'd like to know more about the area. Charlotte is quite a bit different than the Wilmington area for sure!

Posted on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 5:25pm.

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