We’re so excited you’re moving to our area! The Triangle is a great place to live and work, and we know you’re going to love it here. Since you may not be as familiar with our area of North Carolina (and since moving to any new place can be a little stressful), we thought we would make a quick relocation guide to help you learn more about it, figure out where you would like to find a home, and make your move much easier.
First, What Exactly is “The Triangle”?
“The Triangle” is what we call the cities and communities based around Research Triangle Park, which is where many of our region’s top employers — BASF, Cisco, Credit Suisse, IBM, and Lenovo, to name a few — are located.
Since Research Triangle Park is anchored by three prestigious universities — North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Duke University in Durham — the three “points” of the Triangle area are Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham. Other communities around these three cities we also refer to as being in the Triangle.
You may also hear our region called “the Raleigh-Durham area.” That’s because Raleigh and Durham are the two biggest cities located in this part of the state.
What are the Top Towns to Consider?
Each area in the Triangle has something special to offer. Raleigh, for instance, is not only one of the major cities in our area but also North Carolina’s capital, so it is home to dozens of museums, plenty of festivals, and major state attractions (including the annual North Carolina State Fair). But if you’re looking to live in a smaller community that still has plenty of amenities, here are a few great towns to consider:
- Cary — home to SAS Institute, the only Dave & Buster’s in the Triangle, the USA Baseball National Training Center, a premier soccer stadium, and several major shopping centers
- Apex — has a quaint downtown, numerous festivals, outdoor recreation at Jordan Lake, and access to top Wake County schools
- Holly Springs — an up-and-coming area with a large shopping center, plenty of new construction homes, a plethora of recreation and community programs, and easy access to major highways
- Fuquay-Varina — another up-and-coming town that is close to Research Triangle Park, has great schools, and offers plenty of new homes
5 Essential Tips for Moving to the Triangle
If you’re relocating to our area because of a job change, we can keep things simple. Here are the top tips to find the right home, get to know the Triangle, and make your way to our area of North Carolina.
- Keep things organized. Moving homes requires lots of planning and coordination, so keeping important documents and calendars as organized as possible can make your move easier. (These moving tips can come in handy, too!)
- Take advantage of relocation benefits. Learn whether your employer offers relocation assistance and keep track of your benefits. You can also deduct some of your moving expenses from your taxes using IRS Form 3903.
- Get to know the Triangle area. This includes learning about fun things to do, nearby universities, traffic patterns, weather, types of homes available, and more. Our Triangle Area Guides can help!
- Establish roots with mutual friends. Moving to a new area can be difficult without a support system, so ask friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to connect you with people they know who already live in the Triangle.
- Do your homework. When buying a home, whether it’s in the Triangle or another part of the country, it helps to understand how much you can afford and which location best suits your needs. If schools are a priority in your home search, do some research on the local school districts to determine where you want to live.
Let Us Help You Move to the Triangle
The hassle of buying a new home in an unfamiliar area can be a bit daunting, but we are more than happy to handle all the details! Call us at 919-810-2203 and let’s talk about your plans, or ask for your complimentary relocation package.