Things to Know before Moving from Canada to Florida

Florida is home to Disney World, airboats, The Kennedy Space Center, Universal studios, and alligators, and beautiful beaches. Florida gives you a lot of freedom to enjoy biking, boating, and sun tanning while taking beautiful pictures of the island for your Instagram account. 

Florida has numerous places to hang out that offer you an irreplaceable experience that you cannot find in any other of the states.

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First Steps Upon Planning a Move to Florida

If you are planning to move to Florida from Canada, then first you have to research the living cost of your new location. You then need to contact the embassy of the USA in Canada to know more about the process and other specifics about the requirements for your new life in Florida. Sorting out all the details beforehand will make the whole migration experience go smoothly. After conducting detailed research, it’s time to apply for your visa.

What should I look for in an International Moving Company?

Shipment of your goods from Canada to Florida by plane or road are two good choices. However, the prices of shipping your stuff by plane can be a bit luxurious as compared to the road but if you want your things to move speedily to your new place, then shipment by plane is possible. On the other hand, if you are not in a rush and can wait for a couple of days for the shipment then do it through truck rental/container services.

So when selecting an international moving company from a list of thousands, you need to keep the following things in mind:

  • Conduct thorough research so you can compare the rates between the best international movers.
  • Make sure that the mover you have selected is licensed and permitted to get the job done.
  • They provide insurance for your goods, including accidental insurance and damage insurance.
  • Their claim of giving quality service is backed by customer reviews.

Car shipping to Florida

Unless they have significant emotional attachment to their vehicle, most Canadians choose to leave their vehicles behind when moving to Florida due to the import fees with car shipping companies. It is also possible to plan a road trip to Florida in order to have your car with you.

First steps upon arrival in Florida

When first arriving in Florida find a place to live and search for a job online. It would also be important to get acquainted with the healthcare system and register yourself in case of any emergencies. Make sure you have insurance prior to your arrival as healthcare is expensive in Florida.

Average cost of utilities in Florida

Basic utility costs including electricity and water will cost you an average of $210 CAD per month in Florida. Eating out and shopping is actually 9% cheaper than the national average to be prepared to be entertained cheaply!

Internet set up in Florida

If you want to get an internet connection in Florida, then you can check up with Xfinity, AT&T, CenturyLink, COX Communications, EarthLink, etc. There are 31 internet options in Florida and they all are important companies that provide internet services in all cities of Florida. Xfinity and AT&T offer you internet speed up to 1000 Mbps whereas Cox Communications and CenturyLink offer internet speeds up to 940 Mbps.

The Essential Insurance Coverage in Florida

Healthcare in Florida is expensive if you do not have insurance so make sure you have health insurance before arriving in Florida.

Cost of living in Florida

The cost of living in Florida is very affordable, especially if you live in the suburbs of the big cities.

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Find an Apartment or Home in Florida

Homes and apartments in Florida are only expensive in the major cities such as Miami and Tampa Bay. Other suburban cities offer many affordable housing options. Contact a local real estate agent or conduct your own online research to find out the best prices according to your budget. 

Where to do the groceries?

Groceries in Florida are very affordable. In most cities you can find major grocery stores such as: Publix, Southeastern Grocers, Whole Foods, ALDI, Trader Joe’s, and Kroger.

What to Expect from your new life in Florida?

Florida is a very attractive place as it is very affordable for what it offers. As a Canadian you will definitely enjoy the weather, the many attractions, and the low prices!

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