If you’re considering trading northern winters for balmy days and sunny skies, we don’t blame you. The average temperature in Palm Beach in January is 66 degrees, more than 30 degrees warmer than the average temperature in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Sunshine State to escape the snow every year.
Whether you plan to stay for a few weeks or a few months, you’ll be packing up your belongings to prepare for your time in paradise. Logistically, you’ll have to figure out what to pack and how to move it. Here are five things to consider before moving to Florida. .
1.Take Care Of Your Home
Unfortunately, you can’t bring your entire home with you. So what will happen to your property when you’re gone? You don’t want packages and newspapers to pile up, because anyone who sees your porch will know you haven’t been home in a while. Consider rerouting your mail and deliveries to your temporary address and pausing any subscriptions.
Additionally, you need to think about who will take care of your home when you’re out of town. If you have any kind family members or neighbors who wouldn’t mind looking out for you, ask them now. You’ll need someone local to help, whether it’s shoveling snow or checking to make sure nothing bad has happened to your property.
2. Know What You Need To Bring
Don’t bring everything you own with you. Not only will it make the moving process easier, but it will also stop you from becoming needlessly stressed. It’s a good idea to bring certified or original copies of important documents like your birth certificate, social security card, passport and insurance information.
3. Save Some Shopping in Florida
If you’re used to a cold climate, you may not have Floridian essentials like sunscreen, flip-flops and bathing suits. You don’t have to buy everything beforehand, though. You’ll have a much easier time buying things once you’re settled in Florida, and it’ll also give you fewer things to pack.
4. Research Your Temporary City
Get excited about wearing shorts in December and going for weekend swims. But make sure you’ve done your research to prepare for life in Florida. Will you be staying long enough that the state will expect you to get a Florida driver’s license? You’ll also want to make yourself aware of local hospitals and police stations in case of emergency.
5. Hire Professional Movers
Consider hiring professionals to make this a smooth transition. Professional moving companies may be associated with permanent moves, but a good company can help you through any kind of move. You’ll be stress-free about your trip down south, and you’ll have help settling into your winter abode.
If you’re moving to the Palm Beach area for winter, give Meehan’s Family Moving a call. We are third-generation moving specialists who do the work for you. Reach us at 561-904-6000, or request a free quote here.