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Congratulations! You’re moving to New Jersey, the state known for the natural beauty of Palisades Interstate Park, South Mountain and the Great Falls of the Passaic River; “Jersey Shore” and “the Real Housewives of New Jersey”; and of course, its proximity to the Big Apple.
New Jersey is a state you’ll be proud to call home. Here are some basic things you need to know about moving to New Jersey that will help ease your transition:
Many New Jersey restaurants advertise that they are BYOB friendly. Bringing your own bottle of wine to your favorite restaurant can seriously cut down your check, though you sometimes have to pay a cork fee.
New Jersey is the perfect state for those who don’t want to pump their own gas in the bitter cold, or whatever the weather. Since 1949, pumping your own gas was ruled a fire hazard and is illegal. So, stay behind the wheel and enjoy the service.
Did you know that New Jersey has over 130 miles of gorgeous coastline, barrier islands, beaches and bays? If you enjoy being by the water, the Garden State is for you. We recommend including visits to Sand Hook and Cape May in your weekend plans. The trips will be well worth it!
Moving can be tiring, so if you need a caffeine boost swing by a Wawa before heading to your new home. The first Wawa opened in New Jersey in 1968. Today, the Garden State has over 645 locations! Give their hazelnut coffee a try.
New Jersey weather can be extreme. Be prepared for the possibility of “nor’easters” that can strike in the winter and early spring. Make sure you invest in a great pair of waterproof boots, winter tires and a quality car battery. When summer rolls around, be prepared to weather plenty of thunderstorms.
With extreme weather comes the possibility of power outages. In New Jersey, you can expect to experience a power outage (or even a few!) each year. Have an emergency plan of where you and your loved ones can go in the event of a power outage. It’s also key to have an emergency kit of water, food, a source of heat, and a solar charger to rely on until the power is back on.
Be prepared to pay higher property taxes in New Jersey (2.19 percent) than in New York (0.72 percent). In fact, New Jersey has the highest taxes in the country. But you’ll enjoy New Jersey’s lower income taxes! Check out the New York Times guide to calculating city-versus-Jersey expenses. You can also use the SmartAsset property tax calculator.
We would venture to say that New Jersey is home to some of the best pizza in the nation. Ask your new neighbors to recommend their favorite local pizza joint and indulge when you arrive after your move. Unpacking will go faster when you aren’t starving – just be prepared to want a second pie!
Don’t let moving to New Jersey cause you unnecessary stress. All Jersey Moving & Storage is one of New Jersey’s most trusted moving companies with experience helping 1000s of professionals and families relocate to New Jersey.
In addition to offering residential and commercial short-term and long-term containerized storage, we have expertise in piano moving, fine art and antique moving, office moving and senior moving. Whatever your needs, our movers will help you execute your move as seamlessly as possible so you can unpack and enjoy the best that New Jersey has to offer.