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Relocation Guide

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Relocation Guide

Relocation to a new city can be a huge undertaking. To streamline the process of moving to South Florida, we provide a list of local utility providers, vehicle registration, license requirements, and voter registration information so that you can easily connect to the businesses you need.

The list on this Relocation Guide might help you to have an easier transition and stay ahead of necessary requirements when moving.

Setting Up Utilities

To ease the process of moving, call a few weeks ahead to have your utilities connected at your new home the day of or before your scheduled move in date.

Cable, Internet & Phone Service    
AT&T 855-369-6101 www.att.com
DirectTV 855-844-4388 www.directtv.com
DISH 888-605-7537 www.dish.com
Hotwire Connections 800-355-5618 www.gethotwired.com
Verizon Wireless 800-922-0204 www.verizonwireless.com
Xfinity 800-934-6489 www.xfinity.com
Electricity
Florida Power & Light 561-697-8000 www.fpl.com
Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712 www.fpuc.com
Natural Gas
Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712 www.fpuc.com
Garbage & Recycling
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County 561-640-4000 www.swa.org
Solid Waste of Miami Dade 311-468-5900
305-468-5900
www8.miamidade.gov
Solid Waste & Recycling of Broward County 954-765-4999 www.broward.org
Water & Sewer
Palm Beach County Water Utilities Dept. 561-740-4600 www.pbcgov.org
Broward County Water & Wastewater Services 954-831-3250 www.broward.org
Miami Beach Water 305-665-7477 www.miamidade.gov
Mail
United States Postal Service 800-275-8777 www.usps.com
Voter Registration
Palm Beach County Elections 561-656-6200 www.pbcelections.org
Miami Dade Elections 561-656-6200 www.miamidade.gov
Broward County Voter Registration 954-357-7050 www.browardsoe.org
Cable, Internet & Phone Service
AT&T 855-369-6101 www.att.com
DirectTV 855-844-4388 www.directtv.com
DISH 888-605-7537 www.dish.com
Hotwire Connections 800-355-5618 www.gethotwired.com
Verizon Wireless 800-922-0204 www.verizonwireless.com
Xfinity 800-934-6489 www.xfinity.com
Electricity
Florida Power & Light 561-697-8000 www.fpl.com
Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712 www.fpuc.com
Natural Gas
Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712 www.fpuc.com
Garbage & Recycling
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County 561-640-4000 www.swa.org
Solid Waste of Miami Dade 311-468-5900
305-468-5900
www8.miamidade.gov
Solid Waste & Recycling of Broward County 954-765-4999 www.broward.org
Water & Sewer
Palm Beach County Water Utilities Dept. 561-740-4600 www.pbcgov.org
Broward County Water & Wastewater Services 954-831-3250 www.broward.org
Miami Beach Water 305-665-7477 www.miamidade.gov
Mail
United States Postal Service 800-275-8777 www.usps.com
Voter Registration
Palm Beach County Elections 561-656-6200 www.pbcelections.org
Miami Dade Elections 561-656-6200 www.miamidade.gov
Broward County Voter Registration 954-357-7050 www.browardsoe.org
Cable, Internet
&
Phone Service
AT&T 855-369-6101
www.att.com
DirectTV 855-844-4388
www.directtv.com
DISH 888-605-7537
www.dish.com
Hotwire
Connections
800-355-5618
www.gethotwired.com
Verizon
Wireless
800-922-0204
www.verizonwireless.com
Xfinity 800-934-6489
www.xfinity.com
Electricity
Florida Power
& Light
561-697-8000
www.fpl.com
Florida Public
Utilities
800-427-7712
www.fpuc.com
Natural Gas
Florida Public
Utilities
800-427-7712
www.fpuc.com
Garbage
&
Recycling
Solid Waste
Authority of
Palm Beach
County
561-640-4000
www.swa.org
Solid Waste
of
Miami Dade
311-468-5900
305-468-5900
www8.miamidade.gov
Solid Waste
& Recycling
of Broward
County
954-765-4999
www.broward.org
Water & Sewer
Palm Beach
County Water
Utilities Dept
561-740-4600
www.pbcgov.org
Broward
County
Water &
Wastewater
Services
954-831-3250
www.broward.org
Miami Beach
Water
305-665-7477
www.miamidade.gov
Mail
United States
Postal Service
800-275-8777
www.usps.com
Voter
Registration
Palm Beach
County
Elections
561-656-6200
www.pbcelections.org
Miami Dade
Elections
561-656-6200
www.miamidade.gov
Broward
County
Voter
Registration
954-357-7050
www.browardsoe.org

Florida License & Registration Information

After your relocation you are required by law to register your motor vehicle within 30 days of placing children in public school or establishing residency.

Make an appointment to convert your old license:

https://services.flhsmv.gov/Oasis/

What to bring:

https://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/id-cards.php

Palm Beach County Department of Motor Vehicles

https://www.dmvflorida.org/dmv-offices/palm-beach

Broward County Department of Motor Vehicles

https://www.dmvflorida.org/dmv-offices/broward

Miami-Dade County Department of Motor Vehicles

https://www.dmvflorida.org/dmv-offices/dade

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

You can alleviate a lot of the stress of moving by simply planning ahead.

Consider these tips:

Moving Motivation Tips:

  • Play upbeat music
  • Set rewards for yourself after you complete tasks
  • Work with others: recruit friends by offering to buy their meal
  • Develop a schedule and stay organized with a to-do list
  • Declutter: Start to sort and purge your stuff as soon as you make the decision the move. It’s important to begin this process early so you don’t become overwhelmed. Start in small spaces, like closets. Categorize and label several boxes to stay organized (Keep, Trash, Recycle, Donate, Thinking About). It’s also helpful to keep a shredder nearby so you can safely discard unnecessary papers that might contain personal information.
  • Research Moving Companies: Get quotes from at least three moving companies and request an in-home assessment to ensure that the quote is accurate.
  • Supplies: Make a list of how many boxes, rolls of tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap you’ll need. Designate a space in your home to store these items.
  • Vehicles: Make arrangements for your vehicles to your new home. You may need to consider a car mover and will want to acquire several quotes. If you are driving to your new home be sure to visit a local mechanic and have your car tuned up prior to the drive.
  • Inventory: Create an inventoried list of your items. Take photos or a video of your belongings for your records.
  • Policies: Plan ahead and contact your insurance agent to transfer over your medical, property, fire, and auto policies. Talk to your agent about coverage while you’re en route to your new home.
  • Expenses: Moving expenses are tax deductible so you’ll want to keep a running tab of all costs. Complete an IRS change of address form (8822) and a moving deduction form (3903)
  • School Records and Registration: If you have school age children notify the old school for transfer records and register at the new school.
  • Medical Records and Prescriptions: Contact your Doctors and Dentist and obtain all your medical records. Seek referrals for new health-care providers. Contact your pharmacy and have your family’s prescriptions transferred to the new town.
  • Important Parties: Notify the following parties of your upcoming move and provide a change of address: Banks, brokerage firms, magazine and newspapers, credit card, insurance, and utility companies.
  • USPS: Complete a change of address form at your local post office or online at usps.gov.
  • Valuables: Separate your valuables such as jewelry and important papers in a safe box to be personally transported by you to your new home.
  • Pets: Determine how your pet will arrive at your new home (with you, private pet transportation, etc.) and obtain vet records.
  • Begin Packing: Start to pack items that you don’t frequently use. Be sure to clearly label each box with the room that it came from and the contents. This will streamline the unpacking process. Also, be sure to use the following labels where necessary: fragile, do not load, and load last.
  • Garage Sale: Host a moving sale to collect some extra cash from unwanted items to be used toward your move.
  • Storage: Research storage options and get quotes from several companies.
  • Confirm: Check on all arrangements and details of the move with the moving company.
  • Utilities: Make the arrangements to disconnect your old utilities and also to have them hooked up at your new residence.
  • Necessities: Make a list of the necessities that you will need as soon as you arrive at your new home. This will create an easier transition during the first few days. Include the following items: bed linens, towels, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaners, toiletries, chargers, scissors, tool kit, trash bags, medications, etc.
  • Leaving your home: Collect all keys, garage door openers, alarm system remotes and place them in an envelope for the new owner. Clean all rooms and defrost your refrigerator/freezer.

After the move:

  • Schedule an appointment for your new drivers license
  • Update your address
  • Get your pet a new license
  • Replace the locks
  • Check fire detectors and be sure to have a fire extinguisher
  • Explore the town and find important landmarks

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