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Old 07-23-2012, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Rancho Santa Margarita
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My boyfriend, myself, our two dogs and a bearded dragon will all be moving to the Dallas area in September/October. We all have lived in Southern California all of our lives so we are excited and nervous. We have tons of questions and not quite sure where to begin. I have listed them:
-Should we hire movers or PODs? I would love to just haul it ourselves but with the animals and having all of our stuff outside motels as we drive the 1450 miles just doesn't sound smart.
-What areas near and around Dallas are nice and safe (women walking dogs at night, not needing bars on windows)? Our range is 20 miles outside of Dallas.
-Should we stay at an extended stay while we are able to house search or should we do a short lease at an apartment complex? We would love to rent a house but fear of all the scams online, so we aren't sure who would be able to help us out.
-Is there anything we need to know before moving to Texas? Pro's/Con's?
Any help is much appreciated and any moving tips could help...I have only moved to another city and that was when I had a lot less stuff and I was able to visit the cities before hand.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I would get movers, so much easier. Where will the job be? The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is larger than several states. You don't want to commute 1.5 hrs or more. The usual advice is to rent for a while until you get to know the area and find something you really like. I am moving myself in 5 days but I am moving close to my grandkids.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:39 AM
 
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Since there are two of you, another option is for one of you to drive one car two weeks before and find a place, preferably an APT close two work, and move in. I'd get a comforter/sheets/pillows and a few food items so you can be ready to sleep when you get in. Then fly back.

I'd use movers or PODS to move the heavy stuff. The person left behind manages this.

You can make the trip in one push driving with just the pets and your clothes/valuables. Its about a 30 hour drive non-stop. Or you can break it into a 5am to midnight one day then a 9am to 9pm the next day.

Having an apartment waiting for you with a place to sleep and some food will make the final push livable.

Then your stuff will arrive and you can unpack, etc.

The above was the smoothest move I've done.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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I grew up in So. Cal and was just back for a week in Newport Beach and could not wait to get back to Texas. Been here a little over a year so far. If you get out in the suburbs North of Dallas you will be fine as far as safety etc. There are a bunch of areas to choose from and you just need to come out and scout around for what works best.

If you can afford movers I would go in that direction as well.

Good luck on the move, Texas is a great place to live. A little warm in the summer kinda like Riverside area as far as the heat.

We also brought a Bearded Dragon with us and he is doing great too!
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Your Bearded Dragon is going to love it here, plenty of heat for his/her cold blood! You, on the other hand, are probably going to miss the California weather (I know I do from time to time, especially the whole concept of "cooling off at night").
I was single when I moved out here and had no pets, and that was difficult to drive a uhaul from Los Angles to Dallas. If you can afford it then use movers or PODs.

The further you get from downtown dallas the nicer it gets, but its not the case across the board, there are parts of surrounding suburbs you would want to avoid living in. I would second the idea of renting for a few months while you get your feet on the ground and start looking at places to live long term. The DFW area is, like others said, HUGE. So its hard to tell you what area is "safe" and what area is not.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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The further you get from downtown dallas the nicer it gets, but its not the case across the board, there are parts of surrounding suburbs you would want to avoid living in. .
Can you explain how you came to that conclusion?
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:02 PM
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Location: Dallas, TX
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The Bishop Arts District, near downtown and to the south, seems an up and coming place. Overall, I agree with Lakewooder's implied disagreement that "the further from downtown, the nicer it gets). There are several places in the city - particulalry along 75 - that are nicer than a lot of areas of the suburbs. If you want access to the city's amenities downtown, then live near a DART stop (for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit trains). The DART, together with the Trinity River Express (or "the 'T'") offers an all-train ride from Plano to Downtown Ft. Worth.

So let's not make generalizations about a locale such as "it's nicer in the suburbs than close to downtown". Me? I prefer closer to DT than the burbs, mainly for socio-cultural reasons (a more liberal social climate, etc).
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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I am a Southern Californian here looking at property, today. If you look in Plano, heads up on the soil problem. See my thread above, below, or wherever it is at. We are used to sandy soil problems and building very expensive floating foundations for beach property or hill side retainer type foundations for canyon living in So Cal. This is a whole new problem.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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Your Bearded Dragon is going to love it here, plenty of heat for his/her cold blood! You, on the other hand, are probably going to miss the California weather (I know I do from time to time, especially the whole concept of "cooling off at night").
I was single when I moved out here and had no pets, and that was difficult to drive a uhaul from Los Angles to Dallas. If you can afford it then use movers or PODs.

The further you get from downtown dallas the nicer it gets, but its not the case across the board, there are parts of surrounding suburbs you would want to avoid living in. I would second the idea of renting for a few months while you get your feet on the ground and start looking at places to live long term. The DFW area is, like others said, HUGE. So its hard to tell you what area is "safe" and what area is not.

Your thesis in the second paragraph is simply incorrect. Have you been to HP/UP?, Preston Hollow?, other nice neighborhoods in North Dallas? Oaklawn, Uptown, Lakewood?
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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I am a Southern Californian here looking at property, today. If you look in Plano, heads up on the soil problem. See my thread above, below, or wherever it is at. We are used to sandy soil problems and building very expensive floating foundations for beach property or hill side retainer type foundations for canyon living in So Cal. This is a whole new problem.
You'll have to relax about that. It's an issue all over the Metroplex with just a few exceptions.
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