Three Factors to Consider When Moving into Your San Diego Apartment

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Three Factors to Consider When Moving into Your San Diego Apartment

Staff Writer · Apr 26, 2010

In such an exciting city surrounding you, moving in to your San Diego apartment will undoubtedly be extremely exciting. With the vast number of people wanting to live in the beautiful city, though, it is far from perfect. Prior to moving in to your San Diego apartment, you should consider the following issues.

1. Your Moving Budget

Moving expenses can easily get out of hand in any move, but with the high number of people recently attracted to San Diego, you must be extremely careful to stick to your budget. Self-moving may be the best way to keep a hold on expenses, but you may not always be able to lift your heavy furniture and need to hire a moving company. In this instance, beware extremely cheap movers, as they may not transport your belongings carefully enough or later demand more money before delivering.

Your moving budget should also include the start up costs for your new apartment. The city’s high demand for housing often leaves tenants with very little room to negotiate rent or other charges assessed by your landlord, such as a security deposit. Therefore, be extra careful to obtain the exact dollar amounts of these costs and include them in your budget.

2. The San Diego Economy

Tourism, defense and the manufacturing are the biggest components in the City’s economy. Technological and energy companies are also present. However, recently these industries suffered large declines and either reduced their workforce or closed their doors permanently. This has lead to high unemployment percentages.

Additionally, despite the high cost of living in San Diego, the median income is only approximately $35,000. As much as 14 percent of individuals living in San Diego are below the poverty line.

This means that it is all but essential for you to have a job prior to relocating to San Diego. If you are not already employed, try to find employment prior to your move. At the very least make a very thorough plan for finding a job and have begun to work on that plan prior to moving your belongings.

3. San Diego Is a “College Town”

Over 20 schools call San Diego home, meaning that by and large the city is a college town. For students, this may not be any cause for concern, but for those already in the workforce, it poses several issues. First and foremost is that there is a constant stream of graduating students looking for employment that might be willing to receive lower pay than an individual with some experience would request. This would make the City’s job market even tighter and more difficult to enter.

College towns also typically have fewer apartments and rental units available, and those that are available are often not kept up as well because a student resident is usually not as demanding about the state of their residence. Colleges and Universities also increase noise, the level of petty crimes and the amount of traffic. While these should not deter you from moving to or switching apartments in the City, be aware of your proximity to one of its many colleges.

It is the weather and laid-back attitude that draws most people to San Diego. But while these two factors are extremely appealing to many, their effect on other aspects of the City must be considered prior to your move.

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