What to Know Before Moving to Florida from New York

The Sunshine State

Weather

You will experience strange weather in Florida. Primarily the weather is gorgeous; that is one of the reasons people like Florida. The weather is sunny almost all over the year. On the other side, the state is prone to thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes rooted in the Atlantic. Extreme temperature and high humidity are the other characteristics you may need to consider.

Economy

The Economy in Florida is strong. It has a great working environment. The average unemployment rate is below the national unemployment rate. Trade, tourism, agriculture, construction, and service industries are the thriving force to enrich the state’s economy. You will never have to wait for a job opportunity in fantastic Florida.

Transportation

Unlike zipping around the New York subway, if you don’t have a car, you may find it difficult to get around most of the places in Florida. That said, public transport is limited in Florida than expected. Some Florida cities have a good transit system, though. If you are very much dependent on public transport, walkability, and bike-ability, Florida a not a good choice for you.

Tourism and Places

Florida is abundant in a number of attractive places. Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios are some of the well-known fun attraction places in Florida. The Atlantic and Gulf coasts have 1200 miles of sandy beaches. Florida also has 160 state parks and three national parks. If you are fond of hiking, kayaking, camping, swimming, fishing activities, you will love it in Florida.

Home Cost

It is a lot more affordable to buy a home in Florida, unlike New York. The average cost of a home is slightly higher than the national average. But considering all other aspects, you can safely decide to have your own home in Florida at around $200,000.

Taxes

People usually hate paying income taxes. If you are thinking to move to Florida, you have a piece of good news. Florida is one of the seven states in the US where you don’t have to pay income taxes. Though the rents and utility bills are slightly higher than the other states, considering the waver of income taxes, you will have to spend relatively less compared to, for example, New York City.

Cost of Moving

The average cost to hire movers to Florida from New York ranges from $1,700-$3,000. The moving cost depends on the size, route, distance, and time of the move. Moving at a peak season like in early June can cost you as much as $8000 for an experienced professional mover. If you schedule your move during the offseason such as fall or early spring, you can save a lot of money.

Make sure to compare moving quotes from at least 3 professional movers before you decide. You should also follow the groups and forums where people share their moving experiences. First-hand reviews can save you from falling prey to an unprofessional mover.