Atlanta Moving Guide: Things You Need to Know

If you are contemplating a move to “Hotlanta” or “the ATL” or just plain old “Atlanta the capital of Georgia”, there are a few things you should know about life in the deep South, by way of the bustling and vibrant epicenter of the Peach State.

Atlanta is a fresh blend of diversity, entertainment, cuisine, education, and even traffic that is hardly rivaled across the US. So before you step out the door of your new condo or that rancher in the ‘burbs, to mingle at the film festival, or shop the fantastic Atlanta Underground, you might want to review of few of these highlights on how to make the most of your move to Atlanta.

Rush hour traffic extends past rush hour: it can be every hour.

If you are transitioning from a quiet-country location or are unfamiliar with city life, traffic is normal and expected. Commuters create chaos on the roads, and a word of time-saving advice is to both live and work in the same city.  

Make the Marta your friend.  

Use the Marta to travel around downtown and avoid the headaches of traffic while learning more about the city. This is a huge network of bus and light rail routes connecting various Atlanta neighborhoods and downtown locations.

Prices are reasonable and several pass options are available. Bus locations and rail stations are posted online, and the system is extremely reliable and time-efficient.  Prices range from $2.50 for a single ride to $95 for a monthly pass. Full pricing can be found on the MARTA site:

This a great option for avoiding some of the traffic headaches of working downtown. Though, you may still want to keep your car since it doesn’t cover the entire Atlanta area.  

Deciding where to live when you get here

As you look for your perfect new home, trust the advice of a real estate agent, the locals, and online reviews for information about potential neighborhoods.

There are 5 main sections you can live in: Downtown, Eastside, Westside, Midtown, Buckhead.Credit:

To get more details about each neighborhood, check out

Walk around prospective neighborhoods and chat up the shop owners, bank tellers, or others about life in their town. Online reviews and listings are a time-saving way of shopping your selection before trekking out and about.

To see what’s available, you can also search using several different online listing services, such as:

Chow down on some great eats while you’re getting unpacked

The Varsity is a downtown icon of Atlanta culture, but be sure to check out the lingo before you order. Oh, and don’t be put off by the insistent “what’ll ya have”; it’s what keeps the Varsity iconic.

Explore the area and taste the creations of fast food, food trucks, farm-to-table eateries, master-chef delicacies, innovative bartenders, and mom-and-pop eateries. There is something for every palate in the Big Peach.

You can also head over the Thrillist to see what’s nearby that’s a must-try-meal:

Being bored in Atlanta is your own fault.

After a hectic week at work, be sure to explore and enjoy Atlanta on the weekend.

  • Piedmont Park is a great place to start your hunt for some outdoor excitement.
  • The Underground isn’t really underground, but it does offer great shopping, eating, and people-watching.
  • Centennial Park is a cool family spot for kids, offering the World of Coca-Cola, splashing in the Fountain of Rings, and the Georgia Aquarium.  
  • Sporting events are held in some impressive arenas such as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Phillips Arena, Suntrust Park, and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, providing year-round fun for the sporting enthusiasts.
  • For the more sedentary individuals, check out a Broadway show at the famed Fox Theatre.

Choose a moving company

If you want to avoid the hassle of navigating a moving truck through Atlanta traffic, Good Guys is ready to help.  Just hop over and get a Quote:

No matter what you are looking for or what you were used to before being transplanted to the capital of the Peach State, at some point you will find out how easy it is to feel at home.

In fact, it won’t be long before you call this eclectic, diverse city of awesomeness home.   

You gotta take the good with bad- traffic and potentially hot, humid weather, but life in the ATL is great. In no way does this recap do Atlanta, and all it has to offer, justice.  

You just have to get out there and experience it for yourself!