Moving to Florida is a dream for people of practically every age. Whether you are moving to the Sunshine State at the beginning of your career or retiring there, you need to know some important facts that will help you with your move.
Homes are Different
Homes in Florida are different than most other parts of the country. They don't have basements. They often have minimal insulation. They are typically one storey. While you can get some slightly different options in housing, for the most part this is standard. And with different types of homes come different types of maintenance. Pressure washing instead of snow blowing is the norm. Year round yard work is also the norm if you have your own house. Humidity is a real concern in a home.
Understanding Pest Control
Pest control is a must. Most Floridians enjoy the tropical climate. So do bugs. It doesn't matter how clean your house is, you will find bugs in it. It is normal to want to protect your home and family from bugs like cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, and more. Investing in a pest control service that comes out to your home quarterly and any other time you call them, for one flat yearly fee is a very wise investment.
Depending on where you live in Florida your options for high-speed Internet can be very different. Bigger cities offer high-speed cable Internet and in some cases fiber Internet. However there are still many communities in Florida that rely on DSL or even satellite Internet service for the fastest Internet option available there. Use an Internet search tool that allows you to search by zip code to find out what your options are in your new neighborhood.
Some parts of Florida offer Comcast Cable or Time Warner Cable, while others have small local cable providers. However, regardless of where you live, there is always the option of Netflix, if you have fast enough Internet speeds, or satellite TV, which works perfectly almost anywhere. Online search tools can help you get a better idea of TV availability in your area.
The Nitty Gritty
In addition to the above tips, here are some other facts you are sure to find interesting if you are planning to move here.
- There is no state income tax to pay. Visitors take care of it.
- There are Florida resident discounts at all the major amusement parks here.
- There are lots of critters: alligators, black widow spiders, snakes of all kinds, and the list goes on.
- You're always near a beach.
- It's always great weather for golfing.
- Hurricane season lasts half the year - June 1st to November 30th.
A little extra knowledge goes a long way toward helping you get set up in your new home in Florida, a state you are sure to love.