Moving to DC? Here are 7 Tips You Should Know
Moving to DC? Seven Moving Tips You Definitely Want to Know
We know that moving to a big city such as Washington DC can be intimidating. Whether you are brand new to the area or moving within the city, we know that any moving tips and tricks can be helpful. By providing a few easy tips, we hope we can make your move a little easier. From picking the perfect neighborhood to making new friends, we’ve got you covered with these seven moving tips. Welcome to DC, get ready to live like a local!
Learn the Neighborhoods
First things first, you will want to get to know the city and the various areas you can live and explore in. Between Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, there are over 20 different neighborhoods, all of which are unique in their own way. Whether you prefer to be in the heart of the city or gravitate to more of a suburban neighborhood feel, DC has something for you. Many of the DC neighborhoods are very walkable and in close proximity to what one might need on a daily basis, so deciding what vibe you are looking for is critical. Areas such as DuPont Circle, Adams Morgan, U Street, and Navy Yard will have more of a city feel, while areas such as Woodley Park, Glover Park, and Cathedral Heights will have more of a neighborhood feel. When making the move to DC, picking the right neighborhood for you and going from there is a great start.
Take Parking Into Consideration
Parking in the city isn’t easy, or cheap. If you have a car, parking is something you will want to consider when it comes to picking a place to live and using your car on a daily basis. It is safe to assume that most buildings will charge an additional parking fee, regardless of the neighborhood. If you’d like to avoid that, street parking is always an option, but not as reliable. With street parking, unless there is a meter, you will typically need DC license plates and a parking zone permit. My greatest advice when it comes to street parking: read every sign. And then read it again for good measure! It is very common to see streets where parking is allowed during certain hours, but prohibited during others. Even when you become comfortable parking in the city, this is always something you want to be aware of.
Learn the Public Transportation Systems
With parking being so difficult, public transportation will become your best friend. Between the metro, metro bus system, and various bike share options, you are sure to find your way around town with ease. Once you become familiar with how they all work, it is a lot less intimidating to utilize on a daily basis. Plus, public transportation tends to be much easier than driving throughout the city. Nobody has time for all of that traffic! Hop on the closest metro, ride it around town, and you will be a pro before you know it.
Running Errands Isn’t Easy
Unless you plan on walking everywhere, running errands can be a daunting task in the District. When running errands in the city, you end up spending much of your time fighting against traffic or finding a parking space. I typically venture out to Arlington, VA or Bethesda, MD when its time for a day full of errands. While it is a bit of a drive away, I find it much less stressful than trying to accomplish all of my errands at once. DC has everything you need, but the constant hustle and bustle can sometimes make having a productive day a difficult task.
Other than exploring the nightlife scene, joining an intramural sports league is one of the best ways to meet people here in the District. During the nicer months of the year, parks all throughout the city are packed with people sweating and socializing. Kickball, volleyball, soccer, and softball are a few of the most popular leagues you will find, but there are plenty of other activities offered as well. This is a great way to get outside, get active, and meet some new people here in DC. Looking for another great option for getting active while still socializing? Running clubs are great for that too! Pacers is a running store with locations throughout the DC area and all of them lead their own running club. Lululemon is another great resource for free fitness and community, as well.
Take Advantage of Free Events
There is always something free, and enjoyable, going on in DC. Winter, spring, summer, and fall, the District is always activated. Between exploring the monuments and museums, workout classes, concerts, art shows, and more, you are sure to find something happening that will appeal to you. Many neighborhoods have their own Business Improvement Districts, and they are a great resource for finding out about the latest news and events in your area. We highly recommend taking advantage of these free events as they are a great way to see the city and socialize without breaking the bank.
Our top tip for getting familiar with the city? Walk! Walk to restaurants, to the museums and monuments, to your local farmers market…the options are endless. We find this to be the easiest way to get outside and see the city, hassle-free. Traffic and parking become a non-issue, and you can simply enjoy your surroundings. Even during the colder months, you will always see people out and about walking as it is convenient and enjoyable. Between the convenience, the beauty of the city, and the endless people watching, walking is definitely our favorite way to get around DC.