Moving from Chicago to Florida

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Are you considering moving out of Chicago? What about going to Florida? Most likely you have already been on vacation there, at least once. What if you decide to move to the Sunshine State permanently? In this guide, I will elaborate on some of the advantages of living in Florida and share a few tips to help you enjoy Florida’s life to the fullest.

The perks of living in Florida

Sunny weather

Florida is well known for its tropical climate. With more than 100 sunny days a year, the summers are definitely longer than in Chicago. Considering the significant size of Florida, the weather patterns can vary from city to city. Hence, if you are going after the sunny days, then Naples, Port Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Orlando may be your best options.

Keep in mind:

As the warm and sunny weather can be pleasant, there comes a moment when humidity and high temperatures make it almost unbearable. Here is what you can do:

  • Stay hydrated and eat light food
  • Try not to open the windows, as the humid air might get in
  • Stay in places with air-conditioning
  • Keep a hat and wear sun protection lotions
  • Make sure to seal your house walls and isolate the places where you keep snacks to avoid any potential bugs that thrive in high humidity
  • Turn off any electric appliances when there is a potential flood coming

Plenty of entertainment

Recreational activities such as visiting amusement parks, the famous Universal Studios and Disney World, the zoo and swimming with dolphins in the Discovery Cove will keep you entertained on your days off.

So far, so good with the daily activities. Now, what about the nightlife? Florida will keep you well entertained in that regard as well. In Miami, you can frequent the multiple bars and enjoy the colorful tasty cocktails and later head to the clubs to dance to the beats of some of the world’s best DJs.

Keep in mind:

Certain cities in Florida may end up overcrowded with seasonal tourists, which may feel overwhelming at times. One advice, in this case, is to go to less crowded places such as the Santa Rosa beach or Caladesi Island nearby to find some privacy and enjoy nature.

Affordable cost of living

To be able to engage in all the activities that Florida has to offer, you will need to pay attention to your finances first. And I’ve got good news for you. Depending on where in Florida you decide to move, you can manage to have lower costs of living than in Chicago, especially in the food and transportation categories.

For example, if you move to Orlando, you will most likely have more disposable income at the end of the month. However, if you move to Miami, you may need to negotiate a better salary to maintain the same standard of living as in Chicago.

No state tax

Get ready to say goodbye to your Chicago income tax, as there are no state income taxes in Florida. There are also no taxes on pension benefits or retirement.

The sales tax is only 6% and is not applied to food or medical supplies. This becomes advantageous especially, in this last category, as healthcare is more expensive in Florida than in Chicago.

Booming, yet affordable real estate

The housing prices in Florida have had an increasing trend during the last years, especially after 2012. While, it is becoming more expensive to buy a house in Florida, some cities still offer competitive real estate prices. For instance, a median home price in Jacksonville is $152,300, which is a relatively good investment.

Keep in mind:

Make sure to insure your house. Depending on the area, it may be at risk of floods or hurricane damage. The insurance premium may be a bit high, but considering the frequency of such events, it may be a worthy expense.

Bringing your car to Florida

Even though Florida has good public transportation in bigger cities such as Miami or Orlando, in smaller cities, it is not as efficient. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring your car from Chicago or to get one in Florida.

Once you come to Florida, you need to visit the FLHSMV to register your car. You will need your driver’s license, ID, your social security number, and proof of address. This process needs to be done within 10 days of your move.

If you decide to bring your car from Chicago, keep in mind that the drive will be more than 17 hours, which adds mileage to your car or may even damage it. Shipping your car may be preferable in this case.

Corsia Logistics is highly experienced in shipping cars long distances, and our team of experts can provide you with valuable advice on how to transport your vehicle safely and efficiently. Our vehicle relocation agents will walk you through the entire process. They will explain the delivery time and offer a comprehensive quote to ship your vehicle.

If you are moving from Chicago to Florida with your car, get in touch with us via our online chat or dial (818)850-5258 and we will gladly assist you.

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About the Author:

Ina Gjika is a banker who loves to dive into philosophy and dance to the music beats. Ina also enjoys getting lost into her bookshelves and smelling freshly ground coffee, while dreaming about exploring the world. She holds two B.A majors in Business Administration and Political Science & International Relations, as well as a B.A minor in Economics.
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