Jun 16, 2023 by Wendy Hoke

Moving to Arizona: What to Expect

Greetings soon-to-be desert dwellers! Alliance Relocation Services here, the seasoned pathfinders of packing, the sultans of the shipping tape, and the van Goghs of van loading! We’re here to guide you on a journey through the wild, wild (south)west – Arizona, to be exact. Yes, the land of cacti, dry heat, and the absolutely-not-mythical roadrunner. (Spoiler alert: they do NOT say “meep meep”). Buckle up, because it’s going to be a hot one!

The Ever-Present Sun

First things first, the sun is not just a tourist in Arizona, it’s a permanent resident. So, while you might be trading crowded subways or snowy driveways for morning walks amidst a beautiful desert landscape, remember, you’re also signing up for a place where summer never really says “adios”!

The good news is, the sun here is like that roommate who does his dishes promptly and doesn’t steal your cheese: intense, but respectable. You’ll be surprised how manageable the heat can be when you’re not wading through 95% humidity. And hey, with so much sunshine, your chances of scoring a solar-powered moving van are looking pretty bright!

Living Landscapes

Don’t worry, it’s not all sand and tumbleweeds. Arizona is home to some of the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever see. The Grand Canyon, Sedona’s red rock formations, and Monument Valley will quickly become your new weekend getaways. But remember, being in the presence of such grandeur means encountering some grand-sized critters too. Don’t be shocked if you find a scorpion checking out your new digs or a Gila monster perusing your garden. Just remember, you’re on their turf now.

Spiky Neighbors

Ah, the cactus – Arizona’s unofficial (and slightly prickly) mascot. Yes, they are everywhere. Yes, they can be bigger than you. And yes, they make surprisingly good neighbors. They won’t borrow your lawn mower and forget to return it, they won’t keep you up with late-night karaoke sessions, and they’re always ready for a photo-op. Just watch your step, these green giants aren’t as cuddly as they appear.

Patio Living

One thing Arizonians know how to do is enjoy their patios. Whether it’s sipping a cold drink while watching a technicolor sunset, hosting a BBQ (we’re talking saguaro-size, not the one-skewer cookout), or simply enjoying the stars unhindered by city lights – Arizona patios are a lifestyle in themselves. So, when packing up your old home, make sure you leave room in the truck for the grill and the hammock. Trust us, they’ll see a lot of action.

Food Fiesta

Get ready to spice up your life, because Arizona’s culinary scene is a hot tamale! You might need to switch out your apples for avocados, and your pancakes for huevos rancheros. And you’ll soon realize that there is no such thing as “too much salsa.” From taco trucks to fine dining, you’ll be saying “que delicioso” more often than you expect!

In conclusion…

So, here we are, on the brink of your new life in Arizona! Sure, it’s going to be different. You may have to swap your snow boots for sandals and your umbrella for a sunhat. But we promise, once you’ve basked under that Arizona sun, felt the desert winds on your skin,

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