Moving to Seattle? Seattle is a beautiful place full of mountains, lakes, and lots of green. Seattle is known for its outdoor lifestyle and the many well known businesses (from Starbucks to Boeing to Microsoft) located nearby. Whether you are moving down the street or across the country, here are some tips for making your transition run smoothly.
- Prepare for rain- “It rains there!” Is probably a comment people have been making when you say you are moving to Seattle. While it is true, Seattle does have about 150 days of rain per year, most of that is a slight drizzle. Many major U.S. cities get higher amounts of rain (in inches) including Memphis, Boston, Miami, New Orleans and Houston. It is important to consider the potential for rain on moving day so you can plan ahead and be ready. Protecting your belongings and protecting your home from any damage that could be caused by water tracked in is key.
- Get to know your neighborhood- Seattle is a very diverse city made up of many neighborhood communities. Each of these neighborhoods has features and benefits to consider when choosing when to live. There are many things for you to enjoy including museums, parks, tourist spots, shopping, and restaurants. For help navigating the many neighborhoods here in Seattle, check out this page from Roger Morris Real Estate.
- Must love coffee– Seattleites consume more coffee than any other city. With 35 coffee shops per 100,000 residents, it impossible to walk a block without seeing at least one coffee shop. Starbucks is the largest and most well known retailer but there are many small local coffee shops as well. You will likely be spending a lot of time at coffee shops!
- Time your commute- Traffic in Seattle is terrible. Nearly all streets are clogged and barely moving during peak times. Make sure you have a realistic idea of how long your commute will be (by car, bus, or walking) before you find your home. Consider travel times to other important places to you as well.
- Street names are confusing- The street system in Seattle is based on a grid system. There are three grid patterns (due north, 32 degrees west of north and 49 degrees west of north.) In terms of addresses, roads that run north and south are generally called avenue. Odd numbered address are on the west side and even addresses are on the east side. Learn more about the street layout of Seattle here.
- Prepare for the cost of living- Seattle has a very high cost of living, especially in terms of housing costs. Living in Seattle is about 54.3% higher than the national average. Seattle has a strong, diverse economy with a lot of job opportunities and many large employers. The median home sales price is $485,000 with median rent at $2,400 per month.