Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to South Florida | Team 22 Realty

Dated: August 6 2021

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Moving to South Florida can be overwhelming. There are so many things that you need to keep in mind and think about before making the move. The following blog post will discuss some of the most common mistakes people make when moving south, and how they can avoid them. This way you can have a successful move with out any second thoughts.

So, it's best not to rush your relocating decision. Moving should be a choice made after spending considerable time understanding how the move will affect all aspects of you and your family’s overall life.

What is it actually like living in South Florida? Which city is best for retirement? You should be asking yourself all of these questions, and more. If you prefer to watch me talk about the mistakes to avoid, check out this VIDEO!

1 - Not learning about the pros and cons of living in Florida.

No matter where you move in South Florida, specific pros and cons apply to most of the state's population. Take a minute to process how these factors might affect your daily life now and five or ten years down the road. For example, can you really tolerate the heat? How about an abundance of mosquitoes? Are you prepared for the Florida drivers?

Thought points like these are easy to overlook but details like the weather affect the quality of life more than you'd think.  

2 - Not knowing whether to buy or rent

So many people move to South Florida everyday and for a bunch of reasons. But most commonly, it’s for the lifestyle, weather and/or a second home. Deciding whether to buy or rent a home when you move down is a decision that could cost you thousands. Knowing the best time of year for your move is also a critical decision point you should consider.

The housing market in South Florida fluctuates based on how many people are coming in and out of the area during a particular season. Typically, if you don't want to pay a fortune for a home, you wait until off-season, or just after May and before December, when all the snowbirds have gone back to their nests.

When considering your purchase, you’re going to want to make sure that you can invest in that property for at least a few years. If you happen to buy when the market is high but then decide that living in South Florida just isn’t for you, you could possibly get stuck with a property worth slightly less than what you paid for it.   

If you decide renting is for you, it's important you know your rights as tenant in Florida. And if the landlord does something unacceptable--like entering the property without permission or refusing to fix something when asked for maintenance--knowing what is and isn't allowed can help protect yourself from being taken advantage of!

The first thing that a new tenant should do before signing any lease agreement involves becoming familliar with the laws and regulations in order to make better informed decisions about how lanflords can treat them as renters or buyers of real estate.

3 – Not having a plan for dealing with Florida weather and hurricanes.

Another reason so many people choose to move back because they didn’t account for the extreme weather we have here. Preparing for intense heat and, in worse cases, hurricane force winds and rain could be the difference maker for you being able to live in South Florida or not. Here are some quick tips to help you not regret your decision.

Make sure you always have sunscreen. If you're extra sensitive to the sun, bring a large brim hat and cover as much skin as you can with breathable clothing.

Find out if you live in a mandatory evacuation zone for floods and hurricanes. If so, check the evacuation routes both on paper and by visiting them. Keep a hurricane kit in the house just in case and all necessary storm protection.

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your home has the proper insurance to cover you against flood and wind damage. If you need help finding a reputable insurance agent, contact us now, we’re always here to help.

4 – Not researching enough cities.

The best places to live in South Florida are highly subjective and require each individual to thoroughly weigh out the pros and cons of each city. Your choice in city could make or break whether or not South Florida becomes your permanent residence.

In Palm Beach County, we have 39 different cities all with a different flavor and vibe. If you are moving here with a family and in need of great schools, then you will probably want to be in Boca Raton or maybe Lake Worth(west). If you are an avid golfer and boater, then you’ll definitely want to be in Delray Beach or Palm Beach Gardens. If you want space, lots of land and almost a country feel to it, then Wellington, Loxahatchee and Jupiter Farms are going to be for you. And if you’re just looking to be surrounded by Luxury, then Palm Beach Island or East Boca is where you’ll want to be. Click HERE to explore South Florida!

5 - Not having a job lined up.

Having a job in hand is crucial before making the decision to move to South Florida. It's easy to go all-in and make your dream move without a job, but it will make settling for useless work that much more likely.

Popular South Florida industries are tourism, hospitality, health sciences, aerospace and aviation, marketing, and sales. If you work in any of these areas, you'll find the job of your life in no time.

Finding a job before you move in is not easy, but it's pretty possible. The main thing I suggest is not putting your out-of-state address on your resume. This could be a red flag for some employers, and your resume could end up at the bottom of the pile, even if you’re the most qualified person for the position.

Also, you can request a Zoom call for your first interview and be upfront with your intention to move to South Florida. Give them a timeline for the relocation, or even show them a purchase contract if you have one, so they are absolutely positive you're all in about relocating.

Moving to the Sunshine State is a big decision! This blog post has covered some of the most common mistakes people make when they are considering moving to South Florida. We’ve also given you tips on how to avoid these common pitfalls and help your family transition smoothly into paradise, including not doing your homework on which city to live in, forgetting that there can be hurricanes and severe weather all year long, and neglecting researching about whether renting or buying will suit you best. If you want even more information about what it means to live in South Florida from someone who lives here (and loves it), make sure to check out our YouTube Channel Living in South Florida.



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Alain Brodeur

A realtor, a chef, and a traveler all walk into a bar, and that’s just the first guy! Actually, it’s me, Alain Brodeur. I’m a 3rd generation realtor from the beautiful area of South Florida, whe....

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