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How to Successfully Move to Florida from Another State

Out-of-state moves are intimidating, often because they’re expensive and harder to coordinate than in-state moves. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean it isn’t manageable. All Real Estate Title Solutions outlines how to make it happen.

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Living in Florida: What It Costs

While Florida is relatively large, it isn’t necessarily expensive when it comes to cost. But the cost of living is a slight bit on the high side.

Here are some quick facts about housing expenses in Florida:

Here’s an overview of typical household costs:

While you’re spending may vary, that gives you a solid idea of what to expect if you call Florida home.

Tips for a Successful Move to Florida

Managing the Move

Managing a move to Florida isn’t as hard as it seems, especially if you hire movers. While that comes with a cost, full-service movers will assist with packing materials, boxing up your belongings, transporting your property, and unloading.

If you need to keep the cost down, focus on hiring movers just for loading, transportation, and unloading. Plan to pack up over several weeks, ensuring you don’t have to rush. Also, Moving Astute suggests finding free boxes by speaking with local retailers in your current area. You could also ask neighbors or coworkers, particularly if many of them shop online.

Finding a Home

If you want to buy, your best bet is to partner with an expert real estate agent with expertise in the Florida real estate market. They’ll understand the ins and outs of the area, ensuring you can find a home that meets your needs. If you’re planning a long-distance move, you might want to focus on properties with virtual tours.

Also take into consideration the possibility of having to fix repairs that may arise once you’re all moved in, whether it’s an older house or an “as is” property. To make contacting repair pros and tracking projects easier, you can take advantage of the Frontdoor one-stop app for home repair and maintenance, a tool that helps you manage and track contact with local professionals and even use a video chat feature that puts you face-to-face with contractors.

It may make sense to first rent an apartment or house while you get used to the area. This will afford you a little time cushion to attend open houses and find the neighborhood that’s the perfect fit for you. First, go online and check out current listings of available rental units in the area; you can filter by price and number of bedrooms and baths.

Landing a Job

Since the unemployment rate in the state is about 2.9 percent (as of January 2022) according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, job opportunities are available. If you want to streamline your search, sign up for job alerts on major career websites. Also, follow local employers on social media and reach out to a local recruiter to get assistance.

Opening a Business

If you’d like to take your career in a new direction, you could launch a company instead. Increase your odds of success by starting that process, first by structuring your business appropriately. Then draft a solid business plan. Include details about your business structure, how you’ll market your products or services, funding you’ll need to get off the ground, and financial projections. With a comprehensive business plan, you’ll have a reliable strategy for moving forward.

Meeting New People

Moving to a new city or town can be an exciting but also daunting experience. One of the best ways to make the transition smoother is to get involved in the local community and meet new people.

There are several ways to do this, such as joining a club or taking a class. Getting involved in local events is another great way to meet new people and learn about your new community. Attending meetups and networking events is also a good way to connect with like-minded people. And, of course, don't forget the old-fashioned method of simply striking up conversations with people you meet in your everyday life. By taking the time to reach out and connect with others, you'll soon feel right at home in your new town or city.

Whether you’re starting a business or raising a family, Florida is a wonderful town to relocate to. Use some of the strategies detailed above to complete a successful move.

By Shirley Martin

"Shirley turned her neat freak personality into a business when she became a home organizer. When she isn’t busy working her magic on homes in need of her special touch, she is sharing helpful tips on her site, Tidy Life Today."

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