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Relocation to Cleveland

We know that moving to a new city can be exciting yet stressful. We have helped numerous individuals relocate to Cleveland, and we are happy to be your guide, helper and friend during this new phase of your life. Let the friendly, professional Agent on our team assist you during your moving process, and don't forget to read through all of the up-to-date information on this page to find the facts on everything you want to know about Cleveland, Ohio as you plan your move.

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Area & Cultural Orientation Tour

Services include (but not limited to):
  • - Half day tour
  • - Needs assessment
  • - Customized Welcome Packet
  • - Briefing on the destination area
  • - Guided community tour
  • - Local school review
  • - Recreation and leisure opportunities
  • - Housing Assistance

Settling In Services

Services include (but not limited to):
  • - Half day tour
  • - Applying for driver's license
  • - Utility services and connection
  • - School finding
  • - $450 per person

Service Fees

Area & Cultural Orientation Tours:
  • - $600 per person: Individual Tour
  • - $550 per person: Group Tour 2-5 individuals
  • - $525 per person: Group Tour 6-11 individuals
  • - $500 per person: GroupTour 11+ individuals
Settling in Services:
  • - $450 per person

Get to know Cleveland. The Trip.

Congratulations on your upcoming move to Cleveland! You're sure to have fun getting to know this dynamic city. This guide highlights the basics of what to expect upon arriving and settling into life in Cleveland. Use it to get a feel for the layout of the city and to learn how to locate the perfect place to live.

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As you scout out a place to call home in Cleveland, you're sure to be at a loss about where to begin. Our service is an excellent solution. By hiring us, you will be greeted at the airport and given a personal tour of the city by our knowledgeable employees. This initial introduction will serve as a fascinating crash course about Cleveland and will allow you to get the ball rolling on finding the perfect spot for you and your family.

We're thrilled to offer this helpful service to new arrivals to Cleveland. When combined with this guide, our service is sure to make your initial explorations of the city a lot more fruitful. Before too long, you'll be settled in and enjoying life here with your family.

A Quick Introduction to Your New City

Cleveland's location on the shores of Lake Erie has attracted people to it for centuries. The city's heyday was in the early 20th century, when manufacturing was at an all-time high. Those boom years left an indelible mark and are still evidenced by the huge array of cultural attractions that dot the city.

Cleveland has really been hitting its stride in recent years. In fact, it was listed as one of the most livable cities in the United States by The Economist in 2005. Whether you're relocating here due to a job transfer or just to take advantage of the many job opportunities that exist in the area, you're sure to be pleasantly surprised by what you find. It's truly an exciting time to live in this compelling city.

Moving to Cleveland is about starting a new chapter in your life. Like any relocation, however, it can be daunting. Although it's no longer one of the top 10 largest cities in the U.S., it continues to be a large and confusing place to newcomers. By studying up about Cleveland and learning as much as possible about its geography, real estate market, neighborhoods, services, attractions, schools and amenities, you will have an easier time making the most out of your new life in this incredible city.

Cleveland: A Brief Overview

Through the years, Cleveland has earned several nicknames. At various times, it's been known as "The Sixth City," "The Forest City," "The Rock and Roll Capital of the World" and "The Metropolis of the Western Reserve." Locals often refer to the city and surrounding area as the "North Coast," and it's not unusual for residents to call Cleveland "The Cleve" or "C-Town." It should also be noted that residents of the city are called Clevelanders.

In terms of geography, one of the city's most defining features is its location on the southern shore of Lake Erie, which is one of the five Great Lakes. The Cuyahoga River is another key geographical feature. It splits the city into an East Side and a West Side, and it lends its name to the county in which Cleveland is located. Wherever you end up living in Cleveland, you're sure to become intimately familiar with the mighty Cuyahoga over time and will probably cross over it many times. Several bridges cross the Cuyahoga, but the Detroit-Superior Bridge is probably the most noteworthy.

People still strongly associate Cleveland with manufacturing, and there are persistent stereotypes about the city being crammed full of large factories that are constantly spewing smoke. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there is still manufacturing in the city, it no longer dominates the way it once did. In fact, Cleveland has become the poster child of revitalization. When the manufacturing slump began, things were looking down. The city has experienced an amazing turnaround, however, and many exciting things are in the works. Thanks to the great infrastructure that was put in place during the city's heyday, things have picked back up quickly.

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If you have a choice when it comes to scouting out places to live in Cleveland, spring is the best time to do so. However, keep in mind that the weather varies dramatically from one season to the next in the Forest City. If you are relocating from across the country, it's easy to get the wrong idea about what the weather is like in Cleveland. Winter is the most extreme season due to occasional lake effect snowstorms that roll through the region. One way to minimize the amount of snow you deal with is by living in the West Side suburbs, which receive a little less snow than communities on the East Side.

A great way to get a feel for the kind of weather you can expect in Cleveland is by considering the extremes of its climate. Without a doubt, January is the coldest month. It has an average temperature of 25.7 degrees. Winters in Cleveland can be bone-chillingly cold due to wind chill, which can bring temperatures down to below zero. Cleveland isn't Buffalo, however, and it doesn't tend to get huge amounts of snow in the winter. The snow it does get can be very intense, so you're sure to pick up a shovel or fire up a snow blower at least a few times per season.

The snowiest (if there is a such a word exists) part of the city, which is known as Cleveland's Snow Belt, begins on the East Side and continues southward about 10 miles into the greater Cleveland area. It then continues along Interstate 90, through Buffalo and up to Syracuse. This belt receives the brunt of the lake-effect snow, and the phenomenon occurs from the middle of November until the surface of Lake Erie freezes over, which usually happens in February. For people who aren't used to snow, the first winter in Cleveland can be quite an eye-opening experience.

There's more to Cleveland's climate than snow, fortunately. Summers in the city can be very pleasant. The average temperature in July is 71.9 degrees. It's not unusual for temperatures to creep up to the upper 80s and low 90s as well, however, and humidity can be excessive. The heat and humidity are short-lived, though, and it's difficult to remember how balmy it can get when winter rears its head again. As far as spring and fall go, temperatures tend to be moderate and humidity tends to stay at a comfortable level.

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Choosing a Place to Live

There's more to finding a place to live in Cleveland than just deciding on the city itself. After all, it sprawls across an area of more than 82 square miles, and several communities and neighborhoods are located within the greater metropolitan area. Like most people who relocate to Cleveland, you may be at a loss about where to focus your search. This is why it pays to start your search well in advance. It's not always possible, of course, but it's the ideal way to handle the situation.

As daunting as it may be at first, finding the right part of Cleveland to call home is doable as long as you take a methodical approach to the situation. The first big decision to make is whether to live on the East Side, West Side or downtown. Some people immediately know where they'd like to be. For example, if you will be working downtown and would rather live in an apartment than a single-family home, downtown would be a natural choice. If you'll be working elsewhere in the area, though, and would rather have more options in terms of housing, it will come down to East Side versus West Side.

The main distinguishing features of East Side, West Side and downtown are as follows:

  • East Side - This is the area that lies to the east of the Cuyahoga River. If you're into visiting museums and other cultural institutions, this may be the area for you. Housing in this part of Cleveland tends to be on the older side, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any nice places to live. In fact, there are many well-preserved historical homes on the East Side, and housing tends to be very affordable as well. Communities on the East Side include Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, University Heights and Shaker Heights.
  • West Side - Cleveland's West Side lies west of the Cuyahoga River. It's closer to downtown, which is a plus if you work down there or just want to be in close proximity of that part of the city. It also boasts easier and more direct access to major freeways and is where Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is located. This part of the city is also a lot more modern, and it's where you will find newer homes and apartments. Communities in this part of Cleveland include Westlake, Lakewood, Parma, Bay Village, Rocky River and Fairview Park.
  • Downtown - Cleveland's downtown includes where the Cuyahoga meets Lake Erie, and it's where Key Tower, the tallest building in Ohio, is located. It also happens to be the tallest building between Chicago and New York City. There are some very interesting buildings and types of architecture in this part of the city, and many of Cleveland's best buildings were constructed here during its industrial heyday. There aren't many cultural attractions here, with the exception of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Renting versus Buying

In addition to zeroing in on an area to live, you need to decide whether you're going to rent or buy. In some cities, renting is more affordable; in others, buying is the more cost-effective choice. Cleveland is unique in that both options are fairly affordable. It all depends on your long-term plans. If you're uncertain about whether you'll stay in the area for long, renting is probably the more practical choice. If you're planning to stay put for the long haul, buying is an excellent option. There are more apartments in some areas than others, and different types of homes are available in different neighborhoods.

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Types of Homes

You can find just about any type of housing in Cleveland. Traditional apartment complexes are located in many parts of the city. Options range from very basic apartments to first-class luxury apartments. In terms of single-family homes, you can take your pick from every imaginable style. There are well-maintained homes from the turn of the century, homes that were built near the end of the 20th century and a huge selection of newly built homes as well. Styles range from simple ranch homes to sprawling colonials. Throughout the city, you'll also find duplexes; the most affordable options are in Cleveland Heights. There are also two-family homes, which consists of separate living areas on the first and second floors, in communities like Shaker Heights. Two-family homes and duplexes are affordable and offer a nice mix of features.

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If you have school-age children, choosing a community will depend heavily on the quality and types of schools that are available. It's natural to want the very best for your kids, so you're going to want to do plenty of research. The easiest way to get a feel for the options that are available in terms of public schools is by visiting the Ohio Department of Education website, which includes profiles on all of the local schools and school districts. Information about proficiency tests and overall quality is readily available and can give you a better feel for whether a specific community is right for your family or not.

There are separate school districts for most municipalities in the Cleveland area. Some neighboring communities have shared school systems, however, so keep that in mind. The school year tends to run from early September until late May. Children are eligible to be enrolled in public school as long as they are age five or older as of September 30. However, make sure to check with the local district to make sure because requirements can vary from one district to the next. School hours also vary widely as well. If you have children in multiple grades, you can expect to juggle several different school schedules.

Relocation to Cleveland


One of the most stressful things about moving to Cleveland is finding reliable and affordable childcare. If you have young kids who aren't in school yet or school-aged kids who need a latchkey program or some sort of summer program, you should start doing your homework as early as possible. For one thing, some of the best and most popular centers are filled quickly. Many have waiting lists, and you can expect to be put on at least a few. In fact, you should visit the area several months before you move, if possible, and get on the waiting lists of the centers and preschools that you like the most. By the time you're ready to make the move, you should be able to enroll your child in at least one of the daycare centers or preschools.

A great way to find the right daycare for your children is by asking your new coworkers for recommendations. You can also check with the local school district to see what's available. Make sure to visit several centers before making your decision. Be practical in terms of location too. Some Cleveland parents choose daycares near their homes while others choose centers near their jobs. The right choice depends on the kind of commute you'll have and the quality of the options in both areas.

Car Registration and Driver's Licenses

If you're moving to Cleveland from another state, you will have to go through several steps to get your Ohio driver's license and to register your vehicle in the state. Try to take care of these things as soon as possible. If you are stopped and haven't updated them, you could face fines, points and other penalties.

A great way to take care of most of these things in one fell swoop is by visiting the Golden Gate Plaza, which is a shopping center in Mayfield Heights. Conveniently, there is a Title Bureau and License Bureau right in the same strip mall. However, don't just head right over without taking care of a few things. For instance, you will have to take and pass a written exam in order to get your Ohio driver's license. The Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicles is available online, and you should study it carefully before attempting to take the test. As long as you have a valid license from a different state, you shouldn't have to take a road test.

You will have to take the written test at a Highway Patrol Examination Station. They are located around the area, so just do a search to find one that's close to your new home or your workplace. Upon passing the vision test and written test, you will have 60 days to get your driver's license. You will need to bring proof that you have passed these tests to a Deputy Registrar or Auto and Driver's License Board. At that point, you will be approved for a driver's license. You will be given a temporary license to use until your official one arrives in the mail.

Numbers to Call when Moving to Cleveland

In the days and weeks leading up to your big move, make a point of setting up as many services as possible. By handling these things ahead of time, you will arrive in Cleveland with everything you need and will be able to start enjoying your new home right away. A few numbers to call include:

  • Gas - Depending on where you live, you will either need to call Columbia Gas of Ohio at 800-362-6621 or Dominion East Ohio Gas at 800-362-7557.
  • Phone - For local phone service, you will most likely want to deal with AT&T at 800-288-2020 or Time-Warner at 877-772-2253.
  • Water - Residents of Cleveland are served by City of Cleveland Water, which can be reached at 216-664-2444.
  • Electricity - To have electricity switched to your new in your new home, you will want to contact Illuminating Company at 800-589-3101.
  • Cable - You have several options when it comes to cable service in Cleveland, and you can always opt for satellite TV too. You can call Time-Warner at 877-772-2253, Comcast at 800-993-2225 or Cox Communications at 216-676-8100.
  • Newspaper - Although newspapers are increasingly being passed over in favor of the Internet, plenty of people are still subscribers. If you're one of them, sign up for home delivery of the Cleveland Plain Dealer by calling 216-999-6000.

Top Attractions in Cleveland

A great way to get to know your new city is by visiting some of its top cultural attractions. In the weeks and months after settling into your new home, make a point of visiting these great attractions:

  • The Cleveland Orchestra, which is a "Big Five" orchestra
  • HealthSpace Cleveland, which is the first health museum in the United States
  • The NASA Glenn Research & Visitors Center, which is a major research and development area for the aviation and aerospace industr
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, which is considered to be one of the best art museums in the country
  • Playhouse Square Center, which is the second largest performing arts center in the United States
  • The Great Lakes Science Center, which is a new facility that includes a first-rate Omnimax theater
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which is a lot of fun for the whole family

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