Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee, has a different vibe than the coastal Floridian metros, but equally enticing, nonetheless. With approximately 200,000 residents, two major universities, Florida State and Florida A&M, and its beautiful historic buildings, Tallahassee presents the laid-back vibe of a college town. There’s also a solid job market, an affordable cost of living, and the city keeps growing – its population increased by almost 10% over the past decade.

From retirees looking to spend their golden years in a nicer climate to young families in search of an urban yet quiet lifestyle to college students who chose to stay put after graduating, there’s little shortage of people making Tallahassee their new home.

Moving to a new city comes with its own set of challenges – and coming up with a detailed, solid moving plan will help you make the process a lot easier. Another way of jumpstarting your move is by using self storage. Whether relocating from a different city or moving locally, a self storage unit in Tallahassee can streamline the process. Rent a unit located as close as possible to your new home and ship, or bring, your belongings to the unit as you pack them. This way, by the time moving day comes, the work is half done.

Besides the actual moving process, relocating to a new city also means dealing with the aftermath: you’ll most likely need cleaning and organizing services, and an interior designer’s eye to help you with décor. Then, once you’re pretty much done setting up your home,  you need the scoop into things like the best restaurants, local events, and so on. That’s why we decided to put together a list of businesses and online platforms that can help you solve all your post-moving problems and enjoy your new life in Tallahassee.

From interior designers to home organizing services and more, here are some great local resources for Tallahassee’s residents:

Your home might need a professional touch to reach its true potential – and Jennifer Taylor can help you with that. With about 25 years of design experience under her belt, Jennifer says that her main goal for each project is to create a space that truly reflects the personality, needs and lifestyle of people living in that space. Jennifer Taylor offers the complete range of services, from coming up with the design plan to assisting with the actual execution of the work, furniture and accessories shopping and final touch ups inside the home.

Laura Williams of L.A.W. Design specializes in contemporary designs – so, if you’re aiming for a modern, airy look in your home, she’s your best bet. Services include design conceptualization, budget estimates, space planning, furniture and accessories procurement and coordinating and scheduling the work, including communicating with contractors and the setup of furniture and accessories. In other words, you delegate all the work to professionals and end up with a gorgeous interior.

Designs Unlimited has been helping Tallahassee residents create their dream homes for 30 years – so they definitely have what it takes (and the local scoop) to work on your project as well. Owned and operated by Jackie McHaffie, the company starts each project with a comprehensive and detailed design plan that helps homeowners save both money and time. Once the planning stage is complete, Design Unlimited takes the project further, making sure that the vision on paper translates seamlessly into reality.

Self storage is useful while moving – and after. Keeping belongings you don’t use on a daily basis (sports equipment, tools, extra furniture, clothing, etc.) in self storage allows you to enjoy a home that’s always neat and airy. This Cube Smart Self Storage offers a variety of unit sizes, so you’re able to pick the right one for your needs. A 5×5 unit, for example, is recommended if you need to store a few boxes of extra stuff long term. Larger sizes, that are suitable for furniture, appliances or even recreational vehicles, are also available. The facility also provides climate-controlled self storage units, which are recommendable for valuable possessions, including electronics, antiques, expensive furniture or collectibles, particularly in Tallahassee’s climate.

Another great option for self storage in Tallahassee is Extra Space Storage, a facility where you can rent a wide variety of small, medium, and large units – all of which also have climate control. The facility is open for renters seven days per week, from 6 AM to 10 PM, which means you’ll be able to pick up or drop off your belongings even if you have a very busy schedule. The facility is also equipped with video surveillance and elevators for the upper levels. The onsite manager is available for extra help and additional information, should you need it.

Cleaning services make our lives a lot easier – particularly before and after moving or after a big remodel of your home. Also, regular cleaning services can free up a lot of your time. Cleaning Tallahassee has you covered, regardless of your cleaning needs. The company does everything, from move in and move out cleaning to scheduled cleaning that helps you enjoy a pristine home all the time. You can also choose specific operations, such as carpet cleaning or kitchen cleaning, if that’s what you need. And, if you’re worried about the environment and the impact that chemicals in cleaning products might have on your health, you could choose their green cleaning option.

This locally owned and operating cleaning company in Tallahassee focuses on residential cleaning. They pride themselves on catering to the specific needs of every customer. Their services include top to bottom house cleaning, and by booking bi-weekly services as they recommend, you are guaranteed to enjoy a sparkling clean home all the time. Another interesting fact – the company mostly hires college students, so not only are you saving yourself a lot of time and effort, but you are helping young people pursuing their education at the same time.

Home organizing, when done properly, can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Maintaining the home and easily finding everything that you need, just when you need it, is possible in a well-organized home. Firefly Home Services, a company that serves Tallahassee and the surrounding areas, helps with decluttering, organizing and downsizing, depending on your needs. The company also offers staging services for homeowners looking to sell their homes, as well as packing services.

Headed by Stephani Lipford, A Peaceful Home can help you with everything home organizing related. The process starts with an initial call to set goals and expectations, followed by an in-home assessment. Whether you want a makeover of your entire home, or maybe just your kitchen or your closets, A Peaceful Home will definitely help you control the chaos that’s menacing your peace of mind.

Kathleen Bieke is the engine behind one of Tallahassee’s most popular home organizing businesses, Organized by KB. The company’s services include decluttering and organizing and even dealing with the stuff you no longer need or want around – they can manage donation drop-offs for you, taking yet another chore off your hands. And, if you want to offer to family or friends an uncommon, yet very useful, present, you can get them a gift certificate that ensures their home will become perfectly organized in no time.

Once you’re settled in your new home in Tallahassee, it’s time to start connecting to the community, learn about local events, and find out the best pastimes in the city. Check out what’s going on around the city in the Tallahassee Magazine, so you don’t miss anything important. You get to read about local festivals, art exhibits, outdoor activities, and so on. Also, the magazine details the best of Tallahassee as voted by the locals, in a variety of categories, from medical services providers to insurance companies to gyms (and much more).

Experiencing the local cuisine is one of the most enticing things when moving to a new city. Your new life is about to get a lot tastier, as Tallahassee Foodies hooks you up with everything you need to know about restaurants and food-related events in the area, including farmers markets, food and beverages tastings, brunches and so on.

What other resources did you use when moving to a new city? Let us know in the comments!


Maria Gatea is a real estate and lifestyle editor for Yardi with a background in Journalism and Communication. After covering business and finance-related topics as a freelance writer for 15 years, she is now focusing on researching and writing about the real estate industry. You may contact Maria via email.

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