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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.
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:
What to bring:
Palm Beach County Department of Motor Vehicles
Broward County Department of Motor Vehicles
Miami-Dade County Department of Motor Vehicles
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