Moving To Peoria, AZ Guide

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Peoria, Arizona is a fantastic city and one of the top 10 in the state. Located near Surprise and Glendale, AZ, this city in Maricopa county has it all, from excellent schools to a phenomenal climate, amazing outdoor activities, and a high level of diversity. If you’re moving to Peoria, AZ right now or soon, this guide will help you do it right and discover all the things you need to know about Peoria before you arrive! (It can also help you find storage if you need it.)

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Relocating to Peoria, AZ

Moving to Peoria, AZ is no different than moving to any other city; it’s a distinct pain in the derriere. There’s so much to do, coordinate, and arrange that it can often be overwhelming. The list below has all of the major (and some minor) tasks you must accomplish to make your move to Peoria less stressful and highly successful.

  • Start your moving adventure about 3 to 8 weeks before you move to Peoria.
  • Decide whether you or a moving company will move you.
  • If you do the moving, arrange a moving truck rental.
  • If you do the moving, collect boxes and packing materials.
  • Pack your things.
  • If you use moving services, choose one and lock your pick-up and delivery dates in place. (Especially important when moving long distance.)
  • Gather all your essential documents like school transcripts, vehicle titles, vet info for your pets, insurance paperwork, etc. If possible, take them with you personally on the trip to Peoria. (Heaven forbid your movers lose the box they’re in.)
  • Disconnect utilities at your old place and reconnect them at your new Peoria home (If you have one chosen, of course.)
  • Sell, donate, give away, or trash anything you don’t need, use or want. (This will lower your moving costs considerably.)

What are the Best Neighborhoods in Peoria, AZ?

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Like all big cities, Peoria has many different communities and neighborhoods; some are better than others. You’ll want to take your time finding the one that suits you best. Many folks find storage before arriving in Peoria to store their things safely while they house-hunt. Below are the top neighborhoods in Peoria for your perusal.

  • Vistancia
  • Fletcher Heights
  • Deer Creek
  • Anthem
  • North Gateway
  • Dove Valley ranch
  • Ventana Lakes
  • Starlight estates
  • Downtown Peoria
  • Tierra Del Rio

Pros and Cons of Moving to Peoria, AZ

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There are many things to love and like about Peoria, AZ. However, like all major US cities, there are a few things about Peoria that aren’t so great. Below you’ll find both, the pros and cons, to give you a better idea of what to expect when you arrive in Peoria.

Pros of Moving to Peoria

  • Prime location 30 minutes from Phoenix
  • Excellent weather most of the year
  • The Peoria Unified School System is highly-rated
  • Low property taxes
  • Highly diverse
  • Low risk of severe weather
  • Golf!
  • Many cultural activities
  • It’s a family-friendly city

Cons of Moving to Peoria

  • Sales taxes are high        
  • Extremely hot, dry weather
  • No grass
  • So much sun it gets on your nerves
  • You need to bring water with you everywhere

What is the Cost of Living Like in Peoria?

While it’s certainly not the most expensive city in Arizona, Peoria isn’t the lowest-priced either. According to Best Places, the city gets an overall cost index of 114, 14% higher than the US national average (represented by 100). As with most cities, the cost of living is determined by housing prices, and Peoria’s 133.3 housing cost index tells you all you need to know. Below are the numbers for all 8 major cost indices in Peoria, AZ. (Remember, the US average is represented by 100.)

Overall – 114

Housing – 133.3

Transportation – 120

Miscellaneous costs – 106

Utilities – 103.9

Groceries – 97.9

Healthcare – 92.5

What is Peoria, AZ, Known For?

Peoria isn’t the most famous town in Arizona but is known for several things outside of the state. One of the biggest, literally, is Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a 23,000-acre oasis in Arizona’s desert with many exciting activities to enjoy, including boating and scuba diving! There’s also Peoria Sports Complex, which is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. Historic Old Town takes you back into Peoria’s history, while the Arizona Broadway Theatre offers award-winning musicals. Then, of course, there’s golf, which is popular all over the state and just as much in Peoria. Last but not least there’s Cibola Vista Resort & Spa, an amazing destination just outside Peoria that will envelop you in its natural beauty and luxurious amenities.

Take Care of Your Storage Needs with Storage Solutions

If you don’t have a home in Peoria but you’re on your way, Storage Solutions can help! We offer clean, safe, and secure storage units in Peoria, AZ, that can safely store all your things while you house hunt. Storage Solutions covers all the storage basics and offers several more excellent storage services. For example, we offer car storage and boat storage. Storage Solutions also has business units to handle your business storage requirements. Lastly, a storage unit can be a blessing when decluttering your home (if you already live here).

Whatever you need to store once you arrive in Peoria, Storage Solutions is here and ready to help. Call our Peoria self-storage location today or drop in and meet the on-site manager. They can answer all your questions and help you rent the perfect storage unit in Peoria. You can also reserve a storage unit on our website in under 5 minutes with no deposit necessary! Until then, best of luck moving to lovely Peoria, Arizona!