There are endless reasons why Florida is one of the best places to move across the country. It will feel like you’re on vacation everyday when you drive along the beaches, feel the sunshine on your back, and have fresh seafood available at almost any local restaurant within ten minutes of home. Why settle for a just vacation in paradise? The Florida Panhandle has an average low cost of living, an expanding job market, and plenty of small communities that are designed for families. But before you move, we have some resources for you to plan and prepare for your move:
- Getting Your Florida Driver’s License – To apply for a Florida driver’s license, you’ll need to go to the local DMV, bringing a primary identification, proof of social security, and two proofs of residence. If you currently have a valid driver’s license in another state, then you will only need to pass the vision and hearing tests. For more information on obtaining your license, click here.
- Finding a New Job – Many people move to Florida for a career opportunity. Our economy is driven by many growing industries, including tourism, agriculture, international trade, aviation, and financial services. But maybe you want to move for other reasons, or you are moving due to a partner or family member’s promotion. If you’re looking for job opportunities, check out the Florida Job Seekers search tool on the State of Florida website. You can search by industry or job title keywords and location. This feature is powered by the popular job listing site, Indeed.com.
- Florida Real Estate Listings – Maybe you’re not quite ready to move yet, but are looking to find a real estate investment in Florida. You can use Zillow.com to find homes available, categorized by list price, zip code, and date posted. You can also look at this Guide to Florida Real Estate for recommendations.
- Florida School Information – Moving with children? Maybe you’re planning to start your family life in Florida. Either way you’ll want to have all the information about the Florida school system. At the Florida DOE website, you can look for public, private, and charter schools, and find special programs or information about school choice. There is a resource center for parents available on the home page.
- Cost of Living Comparisons – Many people hesitate to move to Florida because they worry the cost of living increase will be too high. Surprisingly, Florida is between 5% below and 10% above the U.S. average, depending on the city you choose. Rural areas are usually 5% below, while major metro areas in south Florida like Ft. Lauderdale tend to be on the higher end. You can use this cost of living comparison tool of major cities in Florida.
Of course, when its time to find a moving company, you know to call Two Men and a Truck! We do both local and long-distance moving, and offer full-service packing so you don’t have to lift a single box during the moving process. If you need a moving estimate, you can visit our webpage or call us at (850) 366-6009.