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Moving to Charlotte: rental, school search, cost of living, high speed internet providers, traffic.

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Old 08-10-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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We are considering moving to Charlotte, a job will not be an issue and it seems like there is plenty of property rentals there. We live in a small town in NM right now and our lives are pretty much centered around our 3 boys and what they do. We aren't party people, was just wondering if Charlotte sounds like it would be a fit for us? What about schools there, do you have state mandated testing and if you do how do the schools there do? My inlaws live in E TN so it would put my husband close to home and back to where he can see mountains. What are gas prices there? How about an average on utility for about a 2000 sq ft home? Price of a gallon of milk? Who is the internet providers there and about how much for high speed internet? About the closest I have been to Charlotte is Ashville. If these questions have already been asked I apologize.
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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We are considering moving to Charlotte, a job will not be an issue and it seems like there is plenty of property rentals there. We live in a small town in NM right now and our lives are pretty much centered around our 3 boys and what they do. We aren't party people, was just wondering if Charlotte sounds like it would be a fit for us? What about schools there, do you have state mandated testing and if you do how do the schools there do? My inlaws live in E TN so it would put my husband close to home and back to where he can see mountains. What are gas prices there? How about an average on utility for about a 2000 sq ft home? Price of a gallon of milk? Who is the internet providers there and about how much for high speed internet? About the closest I have been to Charlotte is Ashville. If these questions have already been asked I apologize.
I'll try to give you a few answers

If your job comes with you, then it really won't be an issue. But if you meant you are in some high demand field and you just "know" you'll land a job - do some research before making that assumption - our job market is tight.

Since you live in a small town now, are you ready for living in a big city? That's what Charlotte has become so be sure you are looking for such a big change okay? It is a very nice city, but still a city - which means we have more traffic, crime and social issues than ever before. Charlotte is mostly considered a family oriented town, not fantastic for singles, so a family like yours would find many other families to meet and interact with.

Right now gas is down to $3.80ish - I think that is still too high compared to neighboring states though. Paid $3.89 for milk just the other day. Utilities would depend on whether you get something all electric or something with gas. On a home that size you'd probably want to figure $200-250. a month all electric, more if you guys aren't into conserving, have a hot tub or pool.

Our internet is Road Runner thru Time Warner Cable. Ours just went up to $50. a month - you get a bit of a discount with enhanced cable packages, but we only have basic cable - so the total bill is $63. a month.

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:45 PM
 
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I'll try to give you a few answers

If your job comes with you, then it really won't be an issue. But if you meant you are in some high demand field and you just "know" you'll land a job - do some research before making that assumption - our job market is tight.

Since you live in a small town now, are you ready for living in a big city? That's what Charlotte has become so be sure you are looking for such a big change okay? It is a very nice city, but still a city - which means we have more traffic, crime and social issues than ever before. Charlotte is mostly considered a family oriented town, not fantastic for singles, so a family like yours would find many other families to meet and interact with.

Right now gas is down to $3.80ish - I think that is still too high compared to neighboring states though. Paid $3.89 for milk just the other day. Utilities would depend on whether you get something all electric or something with gas. On a home that size you'd probably want to figure $200-250. a month all electric, more if you guys aren't into conserving, have a hot tub or pool.

Our internet is Road Runner thru Time Warner Cable. Ours just went up to $50. a month - you get a bit of a discount with enhanced cable packages, but we only have basic cable - so the total bill is $63. a month.

Hope this helps!
Thank you so much. My husband is fed law enforcement so the job comes with us. Internet is alot cheaper there, gas and milk are about the same. Utilities seem alittle cheaper. Considering my other option is to move to NOVA I think I can manage Charlotte as far a being a big city.
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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Thank you so much. My husband is fed law enforcement so the job comes with us. Internet is alot cheaper there, gas and milk are about the same. Utilities seem alittle cheaper. Considering my other option is to move to NOVA I think I can manage Charlotte as far a being a big city.
I would chose Charlotte over a NOVA in a heartbeat - MUCH more affordable, much more family friendly Let me know if there are other things I can tell you!
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:58 PM
 
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Everyone always asks the same relocation questions but yours were very unique..
I really liked your questions!
As for internet I think I have the step down from loves at $35 a month through Time Warner. It is super quick for me and I never have problems.

I could never, ever live in NOVA. It's a nice area but its definitely pricey and horrible when it comes to traffic. It makes Charlotte traffic look like a joke.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Everyone always asks the same relocation questions but yours were very unique..
I really liked your questions!
As for internet I think I have the step down from loves at $35 a month through Time Warner. It is super quick for me and I never have problems.

I could never, ever live in NOVA. It's a nice area but its definitely pricey and horrible when it comes to traffic. It makes Charlotte traffic look like a joke.
Just to clarify jmm, that $35. is your internet only, right? If you tell me you are getting Road Runner AND basic cable for that price I need to know about that!
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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wheres nova
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:09 PM
 
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wheres nova
Northern Virginia in the D.C. area - you could not pay me a million dollars to live there
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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The $35 is just for internet. I am with you Loves, I would need more than a million to be enticed to go up there.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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We came from NOVA in 1998, it was so congested then and has only gotten worse. Both my husband and I grew up there in the Dale City/Woodbridge area (1970's-1989). Moved to Fredericksburg in 1989 to be able to afford a home. The commute to NOVA killed us, so he took a job down here and wouldn't go back. We still visit family and friends there, love the visiting, but hate the drive up there and driving around up there, it's really busy, no matter what time of day your out.
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