Why Young Professionals Are Moving to Austin

Why Young Professionals Are Moving to Austin

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By Molly Hammond, Storage.com

Finding your place in this world can be pretty difficult, not to mention how hard it can be to move there. Storage.com is here to help with the moving process, either by providing storage or helping you find the ideal place to call home.

There’s no better time to pick up and move than in the months just following college graduation. Young professionals have fewer commitments that hinder big moves (children, mortgages, or long-term job), which makes it a prime time to follow passions across the country, whether they’re personal or professional.

Even for twenty-somethings who have already taken that first salary-paying, perk-having job, there’s often an overwhelming urge to pack it all in and move to one of the big cities. In the past that would’ve meant, almost exclusively, New York or California (with your choice of Bay Area or SoCal sun). But these days, there are a number of growing cities that young people flock to. One of the most notable? Austin, Texas.

Texas might seem like an interesting choice for people who just years ago would’ve chosen coastal cities known for their culture and progression, but the truth is that Austin has a lot of the things young professionals seek. Because Austin is the perfect place to…

LIVE

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Photo by Ed Schipui

If you’re looking for a vibrant and unique place to live with the culture of a big city and the community of somewhere smaller, Austin may be just the place. Culture thrives in the music, museums, and food, and young professionals looking for a place to work and play will be hard-pressed to find somewhere with as many opportunities. Austin may be “weird” and looking to stay that way, but it’s no wonder that young people are eschewing Manhattan rent prices and Los Angeles traffic for this blue dot in a red state.

WORK

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Photo by Roy Niswanger

Austin is known as a center for tech jobs and startups, as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition to big companies like Keller Williams Realty and the headquarters of Whole Foods, Austin is renowned for its strong local business scene. Whether you’re a student at the University of Texas at Austin looking for an internship or you’re a new transplant looking for tons of employment opportunities, Austin is a fantastic place to snag that real-world job.

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EAT

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Photo by Wally Gobetz

Food is important. And not just in that “need it to sustain us” way—a city’s food scene can be a big deciding factor for people looking to make a move. Fortunately, the food in Austin is fantastic. There’s serious Tex Mex that may well ruin you for any other regions attempts at the cuisine (Hello, spicy gravy!) and, of course, the barbecue game is so strong it’s practically a religion. No mere mortal could tell you the single best place to grab Tex Mex or fall-off-the-bone meats, but Chuy’s and Rudy’s are great places to start.

It would also be irresponsible not to mention the food truck haven that is Austin. From Kebabalicious and Love Balls to every kind of portable dessert, if you have the appetite for it, Austin probably has the food truck. Get ready to learn all about the gospel of the breakfast taco.

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DRINK

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Photo by Gary J. Wood

In Austin, wetting your whistle is just as fun as whetting your appetite. 6th Street is a well-known row of bars and pubs with establishments of every kind along the strip. Want rowdy bars that remind you of your college days? That’s “Dirty 6th Street,” the most famed stretch. Dig upscale rooms and maybe even mixology? West Sixth. Chill vibes and outdoor seating? East Sixth. The scene is popular with locals and tourists alike, but you’ll be able to find a perfect pub in almost any neighborhood.

LAUGH

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Photo by David French

Between festivals like Out of Bounds and Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest and a number of well-known clubs that draw big names and showcase new talent, the live comedy scene in Austin is no joke. It’s a nice alternative to dinner and movie for a night out, as well as a haven for huge fans of certain comedians. Austin is a great place to watch stand-up, sketch comedy, or improv—whatever tickles your funny bone.

SWEAT

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Photo by kris krug

There’s no two ways about it: Austin is hot. The city routinely sees temps in the high ’90s, and there’s nothing “dry” about the heat, which can mean a serious adjustment for transplants who are used to rainy springs and white Christmases. But the heat doesn’t stop residents. With numerous parks, trails, and outdoor activities like Austin BikeFest and the Austin Marathon, Austinites take advantage of the serious sunshine. In fact, that’s why Austin is frequently listed as one of the fittest cities in the country.

ROCK

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Photo by Anthony Quintano

Since 1991, Austin has been officially known as “the live music capital of the world” because the city is simply unparalleled in live music venues. Nearly 200 venues bring thousands of bands to Austin every year, so catching your favorite artist or finding a new band to love is second nature to Austin residents.

In addition to the permanent venues and the groups that never tour without a stop in Austin, the city is home to some of the most-famed music festivals in the country. South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Fest all call Austin home, and while some locals bemoan the traffic and the rabid fans, there’s no arguing with the classic Austin atmosphere and tons of talent.

So…what are you waiting for? Austin could be your new home.

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Relocating? Use Self Storage While You Find a New Home

Relocating? Use Self Storage While You Find a New Home

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Are you relocating before you have a new home lined up?  It’s not uncommon to need a temporary place to store your household goods while you complete the details of a move, including starting a new job, selling your old home, finding a new home, or waiting for a new lease to start.

Self storage is the answer when you find yourself between homes while relocating. Rent a storage unit to store your possessions until you can move into your new home.

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How to Plan Storage When Relocating

Once you know your moving date, you can search for a storage facility with a suitable unit and reserve it for your moving date.

Finding a Storage Facility: Rather than calling all over to track down storage facilities where you’re moving, use our website to search for available storage in any location in the U.S. and reserve a unit online in minutes!

Selecting a Move-In Date: It might seem convenient to move in on the weekend when you don’t have work, but it’s also convenient for everyone else. If possible, pick a weekday when the facility will be relatively empty so you won’t be tripping over other tenants.

Helpful Storage Features When Moving

Planning self storage for moving is a matter of finding the right unit size and much more. Look for these key storage features:

moving boxes into a storage unitUnit Size: Are you relocating from an apartment? If so, chances are a 10×15 storage unit will be enough space to hold all of your stuff. Capable of holding the contents of three bedrooms, it can handle furniture, boxes, and any appliances you may be moving. For those relocating from a house, depending on the size, you’ll likely want to find a 10×20 or a 10×30 storage unit. For more information, use our unit size guide to determine how large of a unit you may need.

Flexible Lease: Hopefully your transition won’t last long, and you can find the ideal new home fairly quickly. Look for a storage facility that will give you a flexible, short-term lease on a weekly or monthly basis so that you don’t have to pay for storage longer than you need it.

Drive-Up Access: Does the storage facility you’re looking at have wide-drive aisles so your moving truck or trailer can fit? Does your storage unit have drive-up access for easy loading and unloading? The wide-drive aisles and drive-up access features makes your moving experience all the easier, so be sure to use these storage amenities during your relocation.

Climate Control: If you’re going to be moving to a hot and humid climate in the summer, find a storage facility that offers climate control. This feature maintains moderate temperature and humidity levels in your storage unit. It’s important to protect sensitive items, like wood furniture, electronics, books, and more, that may warp or become damaged during their stay in a muggy and overheated storage unit.

Facility Security: Lastly, and most importantly, find a storage facility with excellent security features so you’ll know your things are safe while in storage. While basic security such as gated access is great, be sure to look for more advanced amenities like video surveillance, onsite management, and alarmed units, especially if you’re unfamiliar with neighborhoods in your new locale.

Moving into a Storage Unit

Just like packing up boxes at home, how you go about packing your storage unit can also save you work and energy later on. Channeling your inner Tetris star, start by placing your largest items—couches, beds, tables, and appliances—toward the back of the unit. You won’t be needing these items while they’re in storage, so it makes sense to keep them out of the way.

At the same time, place the items you may need to get to closer to the door of your unit, like additional clothes or documents you may be storing. If space allows, it will also pay to leave an aisle in the center of your belongings, as it will make it easier access other items that are stored away.

Once all of your things are safely stowed away, you’ve got one less thing to worry about, meaning you can focus your attention on finding your new home! When you do find your new home, your storage unit will have everything ready and waiting to be loaded back up for its final destination. ​

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