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Des Moines, Iowa - Moving Tips & Services

Downtown Des Moines offers a big city setting with a small town feel as many suburbs sit directly next to the city limits. Des Moines is located centrally in the heart of Iowa. Winters in Iowa bring below freezing temperatures with mild to heavy snowfall while humidity levels during the summer can make it feel a bit warmer than it really is. Des Moines is a very friendly city where you can have an in depth conversation with almost anyone, anywhere throughout the city.

Another great thing about Des Moines is that if you are commuting from one side of the city to the other, it usually takes 20 minutes or less to get across town. For example, if you live on the west side of Des Moines in the Urbandale / Clive area, you can jump on interstate 235 and get to the Pleasant Hill, Norwoodville or Altoona in no time. We can help make your move to the Hawkeye State as stress free as possible, reserve a one-way moving truck today!

Helpful Information for Moving to and Living in Des Moines, IA

With more than a handful of truck rental and storage locations in Des Moines, you will have no problem moving into your new home. Check out some of the tips provided below by homegrown Iowans.

  • Monitor the Weather – There is a well-known saying, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ Every spring, thunderstorms move through the region. Precipitation is heavy for the majority of the month, but it brings May flowers! However, until the flowers bloom, these seasonally predictive thunderstorms have been known to bring tornados. Once summer hits, the humidity can be uncomfortable for newcomers. If you are moving from out of state, you may want to look into hiring Moving Helpers® to unload your moving truck once you arrive at your new home.
  • Employment – There are a ton of health and financial-based companies with offices in Des Moines. If this is within your expertise and you have not landed a job, these may be some options worth exploring.
  • Things to Do – On any given weekend in downtown Des Moines, you can usually find farmers markets, art festivals, and live bands. For a glimpse of Iowa’s history, the living history farms show the ‘Midwest living experience’ as it was 300 years ago. Join in and you can hear the sounds of old country and see the sights of how Midwest America was before paved roads. For thrill seekers, Adventureland Theme Park is a local favorite, featuring Iowa’s only double upside-down looped roller coaster and more than 100 other rides. Adventure Bay is Adventureland’s water park expansion that was completed in 2010. This expansion added a 25,000 square foot wave pool and kids water activity playground.
  • Ever heard of RAGBRI? – More than likely not, but that’s what we’re here for! RAGBRI is an acronym for Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. RAGBRI is the oldest and largest bike-touring event in the world. Riders bike across the entire state of Iowa. The non-competitive bicycle race starts on the western border of the state and ends on the eastern border. We created a U-Haul SuperGraphic, which features riders from this event.
  • No Pro, No Problem – The state of Iowa does not have any professional sports teams. However, everyone who lives here knows about the long-standing sports rivalry between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. If you go out anywhere in Des Moines, there is a likely chance you will see at least one family completely decked out wearing the iconic yellow Hawkeye bird or the large red "I" on their clothes. Another sports option is the junior ice hockey team, the Des Moines Buccaneers. It’s a great way to quickly feel at home and experience some local sports flavor.

Did you know:

  • Many Iowans count down the days until the start of the Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair is one of the biggest events in the state that has brought more than 100,000 people in a single day. Located east of downtown, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is ‘the place to be’ in early August.


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