How to Relocate to Florida

Relocating anywhere is tough because we are all so accustomed to our daily lives that include routines, family, and friends. Our lives are comfortable and when we relocate everything is new and different. The best way to go about relocating to Florida is to consider it an adventure and just go with the flow. Put yourself out there to meet new people and give yourself a chance to create a new life in Florida. Remember, 1,000 new people move to Florida every day so you can always find someone who is in your shoes!

How to Relocate to Florida

Step 1

Make a plan. Before you relocate to Florida you need to make a plan. This includes when you plan on leaving, how long you plan on being gone, and what kind of job you will do when you arrive. If you are retired then employment may not be your biggest cocern, but it is important to sit down and work out a tentative plan before you just up and relocate to Florida if at all possible. Securing a job before you move is a great idea and will make your move less stressful. Some great industries in Florida include tourism, international trade, space industry, agriculture, construction, software, and university research.

Step 2

Choose your destination. Once you have a basic plan you need to choose your destination. Florida is a big state with a lot to offer. Ask yourself if you want to live in the country, at the beach, or closer inland. Your budget may play a role in where you choose to live as well. Keep in mind, too, that if you choose a big city like Miami your budget won't take you as far as if you choose a smaller and less expensive city like Ocala. Affordable places to live in Florida that have a laid back lifestyle include most places in the Panhandle. If you like nightlife and big city life then Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Hialeah are all good options.

If you are moving to Florida for warm temperatures then you will want to choose South Florida. Average summer temperature is 82.7 degrees Fahrenheit and average winter temperature 68.5 Fahrenheit. If you want milder temperatures then you may prefer northern Florida. The average summer temperature is 80.5 degrees Fahrenheit and the average winter temperature is 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Subscribe to the local paper. Before you ever relocate you will want to subscribe to the local paper in the city where you plan on relocating to. This is a great way to learn about the city and get a vibe for your new home. You can also find information on club meetings, get togethers, activities, employment, and more. The local paper can help integrate you into Florida life.

There are newspapers in English and Spanish. You may like the "Miami Herald: in English or the "El Nuevo Herald" in Spanish. Other good newspapers available throughout the state include the "Northwest Florida Daily," "Jacksonville Beach Leader," "Orlando Business Journal," and many more. There is a link below to all Florida newspapers.

Step 4

Buy or rent a home. The newspaper you subscribed to just might be your source for finding your next home. You can find rentals as well as real estate for sale so do a little research. It's best to have something in place before you move so you can move right into your new home. There are beach condos, apartment complexes, trailer parks, single family homes, and town homes to choose from in Florida so no matter how you want to live you will find a place to suit your lifestyle.

Home prices are down in Florida right now making it more affordable for people to buy beachfront property than ever before. Those on a budget will prefer to live in the Panhandle where there are more affordable homes that are still close to the beaches and big cities. Real estate in Miami, Orlando, and other large beach cities are more expensive.

Step 5

Pack your belongings and make the trip to Florida. Now that you have everything in place it is time to pack all of your belongings and head down to Florida to begin your new life. Make sure you have a map, GPS, or at least directions to help you arrive as quickly and safely as possible.

The State of Florida website has a great section on "Moving to Florida" that will help you with getting a new license and vehicle registration, schools, residency issues, community information, and more.


Be wary of paying for a rental sight unseen or without signing a lease.

Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.

Things You'll Need

  • Money

  • Job

  • Sense of Adventure