5 Tips for a Smooth Relocation to Charlotte, NC

So you’re planning a relocation to Charlotte, NC — congratulations! Whether you’re moving for work, for family or just to seek out new adventures, we can’t think of a better place to move. But even as you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life, the relocation itself may come with a lot of extra stress as you hammer out the thousands of details involved with a major move. To help ease the strain, here are 5 important tips for to help you make a smooth transition to our lovely city.

1. Get to Know the Area

If you’re still figuring out where to live in Charlotte, take some time to familiarize yourself with the area before settling on a place. This city has a diversity of great neighborhoods for every family situation, budget and lifestyle. Consider factors like school districts, work commutes and overall budget to help you decide on a few prime neighborhoods to look at for your relocation.

2. Get Organized

It sounds simple, even trite, but the very act of planning ahead can cut your stress in half. Get a notebook together and start compiling a to-do list and schedule. Put everything on the list that you can think of, from notifying utilities to scheduling the movers to putting in a change of address, to scheduling time off work before and after moving day. If you haven’t found a new place to live yet, add that to the list! But you can set up this list even before your new lodgings are established. The sooner you get organized, the easier your move will be when it comes time to check things off your list.

3. Assemble a Necessity Box

When you’re in the midst of a major move, there are few things more frustrating than trying to figure out which box you packed the stapler in, or the tape, or something else you need. Before the big day, we recommend setting up a “necessity box” with all the items you’re likely to need during the move itself — from office items to paperwork to packing tape, etc — anything you might need for your day-to-day operations while the move is in progress. This box should either stay with you in the vehicle, or it can be the last box on and the first box off the truck. Just make sure you know where it is and what’s in it.

4. Decide what Goes and what Stays

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably collected a bunch of stuff you’re not going to use anymore — stuff that is just dead weight and doesn’t need to come with you on the move. Make your move simpler and less expensive by deciding ahead of time what should be left behind. Have a yard sale, sell items on Craigslist, etc.

5. Get Help from a Relocation Specialist

When making a major move to an unfamiliar place, one of the best things you can do to ensure a smooth relocation is to enlist help from someone who is intimately familiar with the area — someone who can help you learn the city, find a place to live and coordinate next steps with you. Dickens Mitchener offers a comprehensive relocation service for both corporate and individual moves — a service that helps you coordinate all the details from departure and destination, including personalized tours, transportation, home finding services, mortgage counseling, rental assistance and even help finding services like doctors, veterinarians and plumbers! If you’re relocating to Charlotte, NC, we’d love to be the first to welcome you home and give you all the assistance you need in getting here. To learn more about our relocation services, just give us a call at (704) 661-2402.

Top 10 Most Popular US Cities Right Now

Not only does Austin, Texas have some of the highest temperatures in the US, but it also has the highest ranking for the current most popular US cities to live in according to the US Business Insider list. Realtor.com recently looked at all of the cities in the US and ranked the top 10, placing the capital of Texas at number one. The way they ranked the cities was by three data sources including migration ratio, views ratio, and growth ratio. After looking at this data, they determined that the top 10 cities are….

10. Portland, Oregon

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9. Tucson, Arizona

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8. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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7. Riverside-San Bernardino, California

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6. Phoenix, Arizona

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5. Charlotte, North Carolina

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4. Nashville, Tennessee

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3. Las Vegas, Nevada

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2. Jacksonville, Florida

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The Dickens Mitchener relocation team can help you find a home anywhere, thanks to our Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network. Contact Catharine Pappas to be connected with a top REALTOR®/Broker in your area, whether you are moving to or from another area of NC, the United States, or the world!

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Which Charlotte Neighborhood Is Right for Me?

A common question we get from people relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina is “which Charlotte neighborhood is right for me?”

Indeed, Charlotte is a city of many great neighborhoods, each with its own advantages and personality. Choosing the best place to call home has a lot to do with your own priorities and preferences. Are you looking for a quiet community for a growing family? Do you prefer to be close to nature? Is walkability important to you? Are you looking for artistic inspiration? Are you looking for a vibrant nightlife?

Your knowledgeable real estate agent can give you specific details about the particular benefits of each Charlotte neighborhood. For now, let’s take a look at a few examples of some of the more popular neighborhoods and subdivisions and why people like them.


Located in South Charlotte, the Ballantyne community offers the best of suburban living, serving as both a commercial hub and a recreation destination. Enjoy several great shopping destinations just minutes away, relax at a luxury spa, play 18 holes at a PGA-ranked golf course, or commute just minutes to work at one of the top corporate parks in the city. Homes in this area tend to be newer and larger, with plenty of room to raise a family or entertain guests.


North Davidson Arts District (NoDa, for short) is not only one of Charlotte’s most walkable neighborhoods, but also one of its most eclectic creative communities. A haven for artists and art lovers alike, this community was once a residential village for workers in a nearby mill, but today has evolved into a thriving neighborhood of fine eateries, art galleries, live music venues and numerous community events.


Known for its bungalows and historic charm, the Dilworth neighborhood began as one of Charlotte’s first “streetcar suburbs” in the late 1800s. Today, with many of the historic homes restored, Dilworth is coveted for its quiet serenity, ample park space, tree-lined streets, fine restaurants and overall walkability.


Representing some of the finest in-town living available in Charlotte, SouthPark is an upscale neighborhood of winding streets and stately homes, not to mention one of the most popular shopping destinations in the state. Browse the exclusive stores of SouthPark Mall, dine in some of the best restaurants in town, or catch a concert at the gorgeous outdoor Symphony Park — all within minutes of your home.

These are just a few of the many wonderful neighborhoods to be found here in Charlotte. Acquaint yourself with all of Charlotte’s neighborhoods, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the team Dickens Mitchener help you find your dream home. For more information, call today at (704) 661-2402.

Catharine Pappas Joins LeadingRE’s Advisory Council

Catharine Pappas, Relocation Director

We are very excited and proud to announce that our Relocation Director Catharine Pappas has been invited to serve on the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council is a leadership group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the network’s 550 market-leading firms spanning six continents. Council members work closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on strategic network initiatives, mentor other affiliates, and serve as ambassadors for the organization’s extensive programs. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation and their willingness to share their expertise for the benefit of the network.

We are so proud of Catharine for serving on this prestigious council and representing Dickens Mitchener! Read the full LeadingRE press release here for more details.

Updates on Charlotte’s University City Area

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The University City area of Charlotte is changing!

Construction on the Blue Line Extension is the catalyst for major change in the University City area of Charlotte. The light rail extension is expected to be completed by March 2018. It will run to and from Uptown along North Tryon Street through the University area and end right on UNC Charlotte’s campus.

The University City Partners are looking to create a destination area around University City to give it more of a college town feel.

Another development push will be to add a mixture of retail, apartments and office space along University City Boulevard with a central park area.

If you’d like more information about rentals or houses for sale in this area of Charlotte, reach out to your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent to get started.