ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For anyone considering a move to Albuquerque, a website is now giving people the good, the bad and the ugly.
The goal, to let people know exactly what to expect when they get here.
The blog post on movebuddha.com calls itself the ultimate guide to moving in Albuquerque.
“We are essentially like a Travelocity or Expedia but for moving,” said Website Founder, Ryan Carrigan. “I think that’s the easiest way to think about it.”
Ryan Carrigan doesn’t live in Albuquerque..
He’s already written moving guides about Philadelphia, Oakland, and Nashville, but said Albuquerque had to be next.
“So all the other cities are definitely on our radar, but Albuquerque is an interesting one because there’s just not a lot of resources out there,” said Carrigan.
Also, in the two years his website has been up and running, he said people kept asking about Albuquerque.
“In terms of where should I live, what’s the cost of living, what are the good and bad areas, what’s commuting like, can I get a way without a car,” said Carrigan. “Those questions aren’t easily answered in one place.”
So by talking to lots of locals and even hiring Albuquerque writers, the Duke City hit his site.
“We just got that guide done so we’ve yet to see if it will help people out, but I think it’s looking pretty good,” said Carrigan.
The guide breaks down the neighborhoods by demographics, cost and even crime. It rates the city’s transportation as not great, but says Albuquerque is bike friendly. Traffic isn’t bad, but when it comes to drivers, the site says they’re not the best.
Breweries, Old Town and Balloon Fiesta were also mentioned.
“What I didn’t realize was just how much there was to do there,” said Carrigan.
And while Carrigan admits he’s not the Albuquerque expert, he hopes the site is.
“We try to take in as much local opinion as possible,” said Carrigan.
Carrigan said he plans to make a moving guide for every major city.