In recent statistics published by the United States Census, close to 14% or approximately 40 million people move out of state or in-between states at least once in a year. The majority of the movement shows people relocating within cities, in search of warmer climates, better job opportunities, and affordable living spaces. Tampa, Florida is one of the top cities that experience an influx of people moving from another state.

There are various reasons for transferring to this sunshine state, be it for work, a loved one, or retirement. However, the great weather and surrounding beaches make this dynamic city a popular choice. However, relocating to a new state can still be daunting, especially for first-time movers. It is not easy to pack up all your belongings and choose the right neighborhood to live in. To make your move a stress-free experience, we have listed a few tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Source a moving company

Before even starting to pack your things, research for reliable and professional  Tampa movers who can help you transfer your personal belongings to your new home. Do not be wary of asking for tips from family and friends. If your move is work-related, request your company to assist you in sharing the expenses. Donate what you can’t bring with you to charity to help the needy.

Know the neighborhood

Consider your safety, personal lifestyle, job location, and budget before deciding to move. It is advisable to research the various neighborhoods in Tampa and try to visit each area so you will have a better understanding of what each neighborhood has to offer. This will help you make a better decision.

Transfer your utilities

A month before you plan to move, try to call all your utility providers which include gas, water, electric, phone, and internet services. Inform them of your scheduled move and turn-on date. If you are a subscriber to the same company, have them transfer your contract to your new location.

Rent or buy?

Whether moving alone or with a family, try to rent an apartment or condominium in the first year of relocating to have a feel of the neighborhood. Buying a house is a big commitment, but will come out as a good investment for a growing family in the long run. Seek the help of a professional real estate agent to get the best deals. Living in central business districts or tourist areas will prove to be more expensive.

Acclimatize

Be prepared for warmer temperatures in Florida. It has only two seasons. The heat and humidity can be oppressive in certain months so be sure to have a good selection of light cotton clothing all year round. The monsoons can bring in hurricanes and flooding so know how to protect your home.

Find work

If you are still far from retirement age, then you’ll need a decent source of income to sustain your lifestyle. There is a multitude of beaches, amusement parks, museums, festivals and recreational activities to do in Tampa. Earning enough to let you relax on weekends to enjoy what the state has to offer is something worthwhile to consider.

Refurbish your license and records

If you have come from another state it is required to update your driver’s license. Try and consider transferring your medical records and children’s school files for easy access in case they are needed in the future.

The cosmopolitan city of Tampa with its blue skies and sunshine has a lot to offer. In the end, when moving out of state, always pick what works best for you and your budget. Organize, research, and plan ahead to avoid the added stress that is usually associated with moving.