Relocating to South Carolina involves deciding which city you’ll reside in and the type of home that’s best for you. Known as the Palmetto State for its state tree, South Carolina borders North Carolina, Georgia and, to the east, the Atlantic Ocean.
Whether or not you’re planning to buy property in the future, renting allows you to spend some time getting to know the cities and neighborhoods of this Southeastern state.
Renting a House in South Carolina
Start your search for a rental by learning about tenants’ and property owners’ rights. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website provides information and resources about South Carolina housing regulations: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/south_carolina. The official website of South Carolina, SC.Gov, provides a comprehensive guide for those moving to the state: http://www.sc.gov/residents/Pages/MOVINGTOSC.aspx.
Getting to Know South Carolina
South Carolina has several geographical regions. Broadly, it can be broken down into three or four main areas:
· The Piedmont region, also called the Upstate or Upcountry region, is in the north corner of the state with the Blue Ridge Mountains nearby and includes the cities of Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson.
· The Blue Ridge Mountain region, extending into Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, is part of the Appalachian mountain range. The Cherokees dubbed this small region “the Great Blue Hills of God.”
· The Midlands or Central region includes the cities of Columbia (the state capital), Sumter and Orangeburg.
· The Coastal region is the largest state region. Also known as the Lowcountry and Grand Strand, these regions make up the Coastal Plain and include tourist destinations such as Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island.
Highlights of South Carolina
With a state motto like Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places, you can’t help but be curious. With its mild weather, miles of warm-water beaches and historical landmarks from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, South Carolinians have a variety of destinations to enjoy.
· Take a day off for family fun. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Wild Waters, Carowinds, Dupont Planetarium, Spartanburg County Museum of Art and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are just a few activities you’ll find throughout the state.
· Brush up on Civil War history. Visit to one of the state’s historical sites, such as Charleston’s Fort Sumter National Monument or Rivers Bridge State Historic Site.
· Relax on the beach. Take in the sun on Myrtle Beach and then visit Ripley’s Aquarium or one of the amusement parks. Hilton Head Island offers more than the beach; golf courses, bicycle trails and more abound.
The following resources will help you prepare for your move and begin exploring the cities that make South Carolina a great place to live:
· South Carolina Department of Transportation: http://www.scdot.org/
· South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.scdmvonline.com/dmvnew/default.aspx?n=movingsc
· South Carolina Department of Tourism: http://www.discoversouthcarolina.com/
· Moving to South Carolina Tax Guide: http://www.sctax.org/Publications/mov2sc.html
· School Directory by County: http://www.ed.sc.gov/schools/· Tenants’ Rights and the Law: http://www.scbar.org/public/files/docs/tenantsrights.pdf