Need tips, tricks and advice for making the big move? Then this is the section for you.

Seven Reasons to Move to Florida

If you’re reading this post, you already might suspect that a Florida lifestyle might fit your situation. Or, perhaps you aren’t certain about becoming a Floridian — yet — and would like us to convince you. Here are seven solid reasons to consider moving to the Sunshine State.
You expect bright sunshine, warmth and afternoon thunderstorms. But, Floridians enjoy temperate weather year-round, with varying tastes of cooler weather depending where you move.

North Florida experiences occasional chill during the winter months. If you’re from a cold-weather part of the United States, a North Florida winter would be considered balmy. Central Florida […]

Tips For Selling Your Old Home Faster

Trapped between a current home that’s not selling and the new Florida home you’d like to purchase? It’s a common scenario. Most of us need to sell our old residences before buying new ones and sometimes it’s simply not a fast process. To help, we have tips for your stalled selling situation. If you haven’t listed your current home, try a few of our tips before you do. One tip or a combination of several may help you find a buyer faster. If your current home is languishing on the resale market, something below might help you jump-start buyer […]

Preparing Children to Move: Our Advice

You’re moving to a new Florida home. You have kids.

How do you escort them — and yourself — through the experience while ensuring everyone retains their sanity and continues to speak to each other? No easy answers. We’re all different.
There are helpful tactics, however. Check our suggestions for guiding your household’s youngest members through this transition.
Sell the Move
Not only do you (probably) need to sell your current home, you also need to “sell” kids who’re old enough to understand, on why you’re uprooting them in the first place. Change often is out of our control. Maybe you don’t want […]

Winter Just Might be the Best Time to Move…to Florida

If you’re zeroing in on a new Florida home, you might be trying to plan your move here — or, dreading having to do it. Whether it’s across the state or across the country, it’s no secret that scheduling a move often can be the knuckle-biting part of a relocation.

But, there’s at least one way to make it easier: move during the winter months. Moving during the winter can score you both monetary savings and more scheduling options. Read on for the details.
Winter Moves Are Easier
If you own a moving company, summer traditionally is your busiest season. Folks usually […]

Six Ways to Welcome a New Neighbor

Buying a new home and moving into it may be easiest part of the relocation process for some folks. Regardless of the motivation behind the move — job changes, family obligations or retirement — they may arrive without connections or new co-workers to help them settle into their surroundings. As one of their new neighbors, what can you do to help them acclimate to a new community and its myriad resources? Perhaps the best way is to reach out to your new neighbors. If you’ve lived in your neighborhood for a while, you know a lot of information that […]

Celebrate the Holidays While You’re Still Moving In

So, the moving boxes collided with those major end-of-the-year holidays.  You’re thrilled to be in your new Florida home, but the interior looks like a cardboard canyon while the calendar says it’s time to decorate and throw parties. Follow us to discover how you can survive a major transition AND still enjoy wearing the red felt cap you made in third grade.

If you can find it.
Decorate Outside Your Home

The interior may be a complete mess, with only beds, televisions, necessary toiletries and kitchen equipment in current use. But, find the boxes that contain holiday decoration or purchase new ones […]

Four Steps to Finding Your Perfect Home

You’re on the housing hunt, seeking your next home. Regardless of why — a career move, a dream house or (congratulations!) retirement — tackling the process of finding a new home can feel like instant overwhelm.

Where to start? Who to consult? What do I require?

Slay that overwhelm dragon with a few simple steps. Take time to think about your or your family’s needs and wants, then grab a handy notepad. Once you map out a house-hunting plan, tapping helpful resources becomes a breeze.  Here are four easy (we promise) steps to finding your perfect Florida home.
Make a Wish List
Preferably […]

Top Ways to Settle Into Your New Custom Home

Settling into your new home involves more than flopping in a comfy chair, or popping champagne corks.  But, once you clear the moving boxes and begin thinking about eating something besides delivery pizza, take a few minutes to print out or share this list.

These tasks will help you get to know your new home and community in an organized manner, plus tame the post-move overwhelm. First, recycle the pizza boxes…

No, Seriously, Relax.

Moving into a new custom home is an awesome, exhausting experience. Open that champagne. Do a cannonball into your new pool. If you can, take time to breathe deep […]

Moving to Florida Checklist

Although summer typically is the peak season to move, becoming a new Florida homeowner can happen any time of year. Summer is when most folks pack up and relocate, particularly families. Moving is easier once schools break for summer and adults take vacations. But no matter when you move, these resources can help guide you through the process and make moving to Florida easier.

Carefully considering each topic can help make a Florida move as stress-free as possible.

How will you move?
Deciding who will transport your household belongings from your former home to your new one involves multiple decisions. You’ll need to know how to choose a mover, determine the cost of your move and how to best pack your belongings.
Don’t forget the fine print!
Hiring a mover is a business transaction. You should know your rights throughout the process. You also can learn about obtaining estimates from movers and the kinds of contracts used once you decide on a mover. A very important topic is knowing the liability for losses and damages, should those occur during your move.
Do your homework
The Florida Division of Consumer Services offers online links to federal, state and professional organizations associated with the moving industry. These resources help new Florida homeowners learn about all aspects of the process, from a list of terms you should know, to how to file a claim against a mover.

The American Moving and Storage Association is one helpful resource listed by the Florida Division of Consumer Services. The AMSA offers a Pre-Move Countdown Checklist to help you gauge when and how to accomplish the many tasks necessary to relocate. Here are some of the most important tasks.
Notification of a change of address
Advising everyone of your new Florida address extends beyond family, friends and business associates. Consider sending change-of-address cards to banks and financial institutions, creditors, insurance companies (homeowners, automotive, health, life and others), magazine and newspaper subscriptions, the Social Security Administration and utility companies (electric, gas, water).
Speaking of utility companies…
You should notify those and other delivery companies when to stop service to your old address and when to start it at your new Florida address. These include utilities, laundry and water-softener and bottled-water services.
Transfer your records
These are critical for a smooth transition to your new Florida home. Taking the time to do it helps minimize administrative delays and snafus once you arrive. Remember to transfer records for automotive registrations, places of worship, physicians and hospitals, driver’s licenses, attorneys, prescriptions, pharmacies and schools.

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Ten Tips That Will Sell Your Home Faster

So you want to sell your home quickly. Here are ten things to make sure you check off your to-do list before listing your home on the market.

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