Florida is a very popular destination for people relocating from other states. If you’re one of them, following these 10 moving tips can make your relocation to the Sunshine State as smooth as possible:
1. Lighten your load
Now is the perfect time to shed those possessions you no longer want or need. Determine whether bulky items like mattresses are worth moving. It’s often easier to buy a new mattress once you’re in your new dwelling.
2. Notify your landlord
If you’re renting, notify your landlord in writing of your plans to move. Generally, you’ll need to give 30 days’ notice.
3. Get your medical records
Contact your doctor and those whom other family members see. You’ll want to get a copy of your family’s medical records to take to your new doctor.
4. Change your address
Make sure to give your new address to companies that you do business with. In addition, have your mail forwarded by filling out a form on the United States Postal Service’s website.
5. Have your utilities cut off
Notify your utilities of when you’ll be moving and schedule a cut-off date.
6. Be present for the movers
If you use a moving company, you’ll need to be there when your belongings are loaded into the truck so you can make sure everything is accounted for.
7. Prepare for the weather
Especially if you’re moving from a state with cold weather, you’ll love Florida’s weather. Time to shed all your heavy jackets and layers and break out the tank tops and flip flops. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen!
8. Consider your wardrobe
Florida has a generally laid-back style of dress. If you have more formal, long-sleeved, button-up clothes, you might want to donate most of them and adopt a more casual wardrobe.
9. Take care of paperwork
You’ll need to register your car in Florida within 10 days. You’ll have 30 days to get a Florida driver’s license. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicle website has more information about the process for new residents.
10. Get to know your new community
Florida has plenty to offer new residents, from museums to beaches to sporting events. Get some ideas from your local newspaper, and don’t hesitate to explore your new home.
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