Relocating to Nashville? Here’s What You Need to Know

Thinking about moving to Nashville? You’re not alone. More than 80 people are moving to this community every day, thanks to a booming economy and the second-hottest job market in the US (behind Austin, Texas). This cost of living is just north of the national average, but still quite affordable when compared to other major cities.

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Nashville at a Glance

With a population of just under 2 million (and growing), Nashville is widely regarded as a “big city with a small town feel.” Nashville is perhaps best known as the home of the Grand Ol’ Opry and as one of the birthplaces of country music, which is why it is often referred to as “Music City.” The sheer number of colleges and universities in the city have also earned it the nickname “Athens of the South.” There are nearly 60 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Nashville region, including Amazon, Nissan North America, Dollar General, LifeWay Christian Resources, and Asurion. Summers are hot and humid, but winters tend to be relatively mild.

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Best Places to Live in Nashville

As Nashville continues to grow, competition for apartments and rentals can be fierce. Check out our Nashville Neighborhoods page for a quick rundown on some of the best places to live in and around the city. And if you’re looking to get your living situation squared away before moving to Nashville, Smart City Locating can definitely help you out.

Q : What do I do if I have to move in and start work by a certain date, but I’m not able to visit Nashville beforehand?

A : No worries! All of our agents offer video/facetime tours so you can actually see where you’ll be living. Leasing a unit sight unseen can be stressful, we like to send videos so you know if that closet will fit all of your shoes, or if that particular unit has a wine rack.

Q : I need to move to Nashville 5 months from now, are you guys able to help?

A : This is a big one. We actually only know availability and pricing 60 days out, and while we can definitely start narrowing down potential neighborhoods and apartments, we won’t truly be able to start the search process until we’re 60 days away from move in!

Q : What if I am coming to Nashville for only one or two days to look at apartments?

A : This is our full time job, and our agents work pretty much all the time. If you’re coming in on a Saturday, just let your agent know and we can have updated availability and pricing for you to look over before you come. We love touring out-of-towners because we get to show off how much we love this city. We can show you the different neighborhoods, best bars to meet new people, and definitely our favorite restaurants.

Q : What neighborhood should I live in?

A : This one is actually tough because there are so many different neighborhoods that we love!! Some of our favorites include Germantown, Midtown and the Gulch. But ultimately there are a lot of other factors that include your budget, hobbies, and work location that can determine which neighborhood is best for you! Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through the process, ask you all the right questions, and make sure you can confidently claim the best neighborhood for you.

Q : How do I set up electricity/utilities?

A :  Nashville has regulated energy, meaning there is only one provider–NesPower! Your new property will help you get that setup along with water & gas.

Q : What movers should I use?

A : Smart City Concierge takes the guess work and inconveniences out of moving, so that you can go from leasing, to moving, to living pretty seamlessly. Our concierge team can connect you with our partner services including movers, renters insurance, and furniture/appliance rentals. Reach out to the team by calling or texting 615-431-3683.

Q : What are my transportation options?

A : The main form of public transit in Nashville are city buses, known as WeGo Public Transit. WeGo offers over 50 routes across the city, including a number of express routes that are meant to get passengers to their destinations more quickly. While Nashville doesn’t have a true light-rail system, it does have a commuter route known as the Music City Star Train. The are a total of seven stations to access the train and tickets cost upwards of $5. Downtown Nashville and nearby neighborhoods are also pretty accommodating to cyclists and pedestrians.

Q : Are pets allowed?

A : Like much of Tennessee, Nashville is pretty dog friendly. There are tons of bars and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios. Almost all of the apartments allow non-aggressive dogs as roommates (with a deposit), and some have dog parks, green areas, and even small yards. If you have an “aggressive” breed (We use quotations because we know your pit bull is sweet; our office husky is the sweetest!) then your options will be more limited, but they still exist. Contact us and we can give you the details on what to expect and different options.

Q : What do deposits and upfront costs look like for renting in Nashville?

A : Most properties require the following fees upfront: Application, Administration, and Deposit. Deposits are typically on a sliding scale based on credit and often waived with good credit. Expect between $200 – $500 in fees up front; but again, this can vary quite a bit from complex to complex and we won’t know for sure until we dive into your personal search.

Q : Fridge, Microwave, Parking?

A : All of the basic apartments in Nashville will come with a refrigerator and (with very few exceptions) microwave. Luckily, most properties in the city also include free on-site parking; although reserved spaces and most parking at Downtown properties will cost extra monthly fees.

Q : Do you offer furnished and/or short term leases?

A : Properties with furnished apartments are very limited so we have partnered with a couple furniture rental companies. Each one offers a great service that often includes delivery and set up as well as a discount for Smart City clients, in most cases! Just reach out to our concierge team to be connected with one of our partners.

As for short term leases, the minimum lease term we work with is 6 months, but pricing is usually MUCH higher for short term leases; sometimes double the price. We always tell people that if they’re planning on moving to Nashville for at least a year, it’s worth it to do a 12 month lease and save the money!

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