8 Tips for Moving From Texas to Florida

More and more people are moving to Florida. As a member of a moving company in Florida, I’ve been seeing and helping a ton of people settle into their new Florida homes after moving all the way from Texas.

If you’re thinking of making Florida your new home, you need to research what it takes to have a successful relocation. That’s why I put together this blog to help you prepare and go through the moving process and get to your new home in Florida stress-free.

Tips on Understanding the Difference Between Living in Florida and Texas

There are a lot of similarities between Florida and Texas, such as both states not having a personal state income tax and both states having roughly the same crime rate and healthcare quality.

Despite these similarities, there are some key differences between these states to keep in mind when moving from Texas to Florida:

  1. Weather: This will be your chance to escape the heat without having to deal with the cold. In Florida, you’re looking at a range of 62-81 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. That’s compared to Texas, which reaches average temperatures of nearly 100.
  2. Culture: Both Texas and Florida have unique cultures, mostly due to Florida and Texas being 2 of the top 3 states for immigration. As you know, Texas has a huge Hispanic population, which mixes with the Southern American culture from the area. Florida on the other hand has Southern American influences along with culture from Latin American, especially Cuban immigrants, as well as people moving from colder regions of the U.S.
  3. Education: According to a study from US News; Florida is the 3rd ranking state for education while Texas ranks 34th.
  4. Housing Costs: If you’re selling your home and buying a new one in Florida, keep in mind that your new house may cost more money. The median price of a home in Florida is roughly $41,000 higher than in Texas.

It’s important to understand the similarities and differences between these states before moving so that you can properly prepare and get settled in quickly.

Tips on Texas to Florida Long-Distance Moving

Long-distance moving in and of itself is complex. That’s why we put together this list of our top tips for getting through the moving process when going from Texas to Florida:

  1. Check Licenses: Ensuring that your movers have the right licenses is vital for long-distance moves. Look at the bottom of your potential moving company’s website to find the license numbers.
  2. Look Up Their Insurance and Other Useful Info: Using a potential moving company’s USDOT number and entering it into the FMCSA’s Movers Database will allow you to see insurance information and a ton of other pieces of useful info such as complaints.
  3. Now is the Time to Declutter: Moving is the perfect time to declutter. Not only does it make moving easier, but less weight on your moving truck means less cost!
  4. Take In-Depth Inventory: It is vital to stay safe during the moving process. That’s why we encourage you to take a comprehensive inventory of your items. Take pictures of each item so that you can see the original condition of your belongings and see how that compares to the condition of these same items after your move.

With these tips, you will be prepared to take your next step to settling into your new home. Education is key when moving, which is why it’s important to weigh all of your options.

Final Thoughts

Considering moving from Texas to Florida? There’s a reason why “everyone” is making Florida their new home. It’s an incredibly unique state that boasts a melting pot of culture along with top-tier education and world-renowned weather.

If you’re curious about learning more about moving to Florida, check out John Ferguson’s long-distance moving page or our Buyer’s Guide to Household Moves.