Moving to Florida

Your Guide for a Move to Florida

If moving to Florida is in your plans, then you’re not alone. Because of its amazing weather (say hello to an all year round tan!) and its carefree approach to life, the Sunshine State has become a go-to moving destination for many Americans. To assist you during the big move, we developed a handy how-to guide that contains all the little details you need to know before jumping on that plane!

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Before you start, why not accompany this light reading with a playlist inspired by the 2017 top-grossing movie The Florida Project?

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and get ready to move!

Moving to Florida: How Much Does It Cost?

Unfortunately, getting that all year round tan in the Sunshine State will come at a cost –but it will all be worth it! When it comes to the moving to Florida costs, there are a few factors that can affect your total costs. However, the ones that carry the most weight are distance and the size of your move.

Tip!: Wondering how to find out the size of your move? Our trusty moving space calculator is here to help. 😉

Moving to Florida from the East Coast

To give you a better idea on what you can expect in terms of costs, the table below shows the average moving costs for a full-service move of different household sizes from the East Coast to the most populated cities in Florida.

Destination1-bedroom2-bedrooms3-bedrooms
Miami$3,679 – $5,137$5,137 – $6,602$7,966 – $10,795
Tampa$3,672 – $5,127$5,127 – $6,588$7,948 – $10,771
Orlando$3,558 – $4,957$4,957 – $6,367$7,682 – $10,408
Tallahassee$3,556 – $4,954$4,954 – $6,362$7,676 – $10,400
Jacksonville$3,456 – $4,807$4,807 – $6,171$7,445 – $10,086

Please keep in mind that the rates shown above are just estimates and thus will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

Moving to Florida from the West Coast

Moving to Florida from the West Coast? We got your back. Below you can find the average moving costs for a full-service move of different household sizes from the West Coast to the most populated cities in Florida.

Destination1-bedroom2-bedrooms3-bedrooms
Miami$4,640 – $6,562$6,562 – $8,455$10,194 – $13,819
Tampa$4,475 – $6,317$6,317 – $8,135$9,809 – $13,294
Orlando$4,554 – $6,433$6,433 – $8,287$9,991 – $13,542
Tallahassee$4,393 – $6,195$6,195 – $7,977$9,617 – $13,033
Jacksonville$4,472 – $6,312$6,312 – $8,129$9,800 – $13,283

Please keep in mind that the rates shown above are just estimates and thus will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

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How to Move to Florida: Checklist

Ready for one of the most exciting parts of your moving to Florida experience, remembering everything you need to do before, during and after your move to Florida? If the answer is yes, then you’re clearly one of the gifted ones when it comes to good memory. If the answer is no, don’t worry, we got your back. 😉

Since our goal is to make your life a little easier and help you relax during the moving process, we summarized the most important points you should keep in mind while preparing for a move to Florida in the infographic below!

Checklist for a move to Florida

Tip!: Looking for a detailed checklist that covers the entire moving process? Take a look at our national moving checklist!

What Are the Requirements to Move to Florida?

Becoming a true Floridian is luckily not a complicated task. There’s only three things you need to keep in mind:

  • If you’ve earned income in both states, Florida and the state you moved out from, you will need to file taxes in both states. Keep in mind that every state has its own tax regulations, so it might be a good idea to keep a tax advisor around.
  • To change the address on your driver’s license, you need to take a trip down to the DMV with your current driver’s license, another form of identification (e.g.: passport), your social security card and at least two items that confirm your new Florida address.
  • Make sure to call your car insurance company, as well as the local tax collection office, so they can update your insurance, title and registration for you.

Living Costs in Florida

When it comes to living costs, Florida falls in the middle of the most expensive vs. most expensive state in the US. So, Florida in general isn’t a very expensive state to live in. However, like in any state, the costs of living in Florida will vary depending on which city you choose to move to. Cities that have a higher population density, like Miami, have higher costs of living relative to those with a smaller number of residents.

As this might sound all a bit vague, we’ve broken down the costs of living in Florida into four categories housing, food and groceries, transportation and leisure below so you can have a better picture of what to expect.

Housing

To buy or rent –what to do? When it comes to housing the average rent in Florida is around $1,790, which is 8.5% more than the national average. The total amount you’ll pay in rent per month will of course vary depending on the city you choose to live in and the size of the property you rent. If you decide to rent, we recommend that you check out your rights as a tenant in the state of Florida.

Below you can find a rough estimate of the average rent costs based on property size across Florida.

Property SizeAverage Monthly Rent
Studio$1,575
1-bedroom$1,399
2-bedroom$1,630
3-bedroom$1,800
4-bedroom$2,000

Please keep in mind that the prices reflected above are just estimates. The rent can vary depending on location and characteristics of the property.

In case renting isn’t something you’re looking for but would rather purchase a home, you can expect prices that range between $227,500 and $247,600.

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Food and Groceries

As total foodies, one of the things that we find the most exciting about moving is being able to explore the state’s culinary scene –from Cuban sandwiches to authentic key lime pies, Florida’s food scene definitely has a lot to offer. Whether you dwell into the state’s gastronomy by treating yourself to a nice meal out or by including the state’s fresh ingredients into a home-made meal, it’s important that you’re aware of the average cost of food and groceries so you can budget accordingly.

ProductCost
1 qt. of whole milk$0.93
Carton of 12 eggs$3.97
16 oz. of cheese$6
2 lb. of apples$3.37
1 lb. of chicken$5.25
Bottle of wine$12
1 lb. of beef round$5.49
Loaf of fresh bread$2.64
1 lb. of bananas$0.81
1 lb. of rice$1.82

Transportation

Do you currently rely on public transport and are concerned about what moving around in Florida would be like? Don’t worry, the Sunshine state offers a well developed public transport system to its residents. For a 5-mile taxi ride, costs are on average $19. When it comes to bus fares, you can expect the following:

  • One-way bus pass for $2;
  • All-day pass for $5;
  • 3-day bus pass for $12;
  • 7-day bus pass for $20;
  • 31-days pass for $70.

If you’re planning on taking your vehicle with you, keep in mind that shipping of such to Florida costs around $850 when shipping from the East Coast and around $1,500 when shipping from the West Coast. When it comes to gas prices, you can expect costs of around $2.7 per gallon.

Leisure

Besides visiting good ol’ Mickey Mouse over at Walt Disney World and working on your tan, there are also a large number of other attractions the state of Florida has to offer. For example, did you know Florida (particularly Miami) has a very strong artistic scene?

To aid your imagination a little, we compiled a list of some popular entertainment activities in the state of Florida and their respective costs below!

PlanAverage Cost
2 tickets to the movies$26
Fancy dinner for two$94
Basic dinner for two$45
1 cappuccino in a local shop$4.38
One-month gym membership$42
One-day ticket to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom$105
One-day ticket to other Disney World parks$97
One-day ticket to Universal Studios$96
One-day ticket to Kennedy Space Center$56

Moving to Florida: Your Complete Guide for a Move to Florida

Working in Florida

Unless you’re moving to Florida with a job, or with the intent to retire, it’s likely that you will need to find a job in the Sunshine State. With an unemployment rate of 3.4%, Florida is one of the states with the lowest unemployment rates across the country. Worth highlighting, as well, is that Miami is the third best city in the US to build a startup.

Popular industries in Florida include:

  • Tourism;
  • Aerospace and aviation;
  • International trade;
  • Marketing and sales;

When it comes to finding a job in Florida, we recommend the following platforms:

Healthcare in Florida

Like in many states, it’s possible for you to apply to the Medicaid, program aimed at providing free or low-cost health coverage to Americans,  if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you’re not eligible, it’s recommended that you take out a private health insurance.

Something else to keep in mind is that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees in the state of Florida are required to provide coverage to at least 95% of their full-time employees up to the age of 26.

Taxes in Florida

Now touching upon everyone’s favorite topic, taxes, we have good news for you. The state of Florida doesn’t collect income tax! Unfortunately, since we cannot escape taxes no matter how much we would love to (not legally, anyway), it does collect sales tax. The statewide sales tax is set at 6%, but some counties also collect their own sales tax –ranging usually from 0.5% to 2.5%.

Moving to Florida: Your Guide for a Move to Florida

Moving to Florida with Pets

It is common that those looking to relocate wonder how to move to Florida with their furry friends. When it comes to moving pets to Florida, the rules are quite simple. You must make sure that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, and you must be able to provide a certificate of this vaccination.

It is also possible that the airline you travel with to Florida will request a health-certificate issued at least 10 days before the day of your flight.

Did You Know…?

  • Around 17 million people attend annually to the Disney World theme parks in Orlando –clearly our pal Mickey Mouse has a lot of big fans;
  • With 1,300 golf courses, Florida is the state with the highest number of golf courses in the country;
  • No matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than 60 miles away from the coast –see? All year round tan!;
  • The first ATM was installed in Miami, with the idea to help rollerbladers who couldn’t go into the banks while wearing their skates;
  • Florida Keys declared themselves independent in 1982 under the name “The Conch Republic” —this independence only lasted for two minutes, though.

We hope that after reading this article you feel like you know everything you need to know about how to move to Florida. In case you need further assistance with your move to the Sunshine State, we recommend checking out the pages we’ve linked for you below. Good luck! ☀