Everything You Need To Know About Moving to Key West
| Sean Farrer
Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Key West
Who doesn’t want to move to Florida? It’s practically the dream for many Americans: living in a place filled with golden beaches, blue waves, and a general carefree attitude where you can just chill.
One popular place in Florida to move to is Key West, a lovely island with a nice tropical savanna climate that basically means you have very high chances of enjoying the same temperatures all year round.
Fun fact about Key West: it’s one of the very few regions in the contiguous U.S to never have a frost or freeze. Unless you count the ice in people’s refrigerators, but that’s a different subject.
But, we must talk about the logistics of moving to Key West. It’s hard enough to move from one place to another in the same city, let alone travel across several states to get to this little slice of heaven. But luckily for you, this article will tell you everything you need to know about moving to Key West!
Tips to Make the Transition Smoother
Before you start packing up your stuff, you should really consider some key aspects of moving to Key West, particularly regarding how your life will look like once you relocate.
Here are some general areas to consider:
- Housing – It’s always best to look up apartments or houses before you head to Key West. You can start searching here and by signing up for an account, you can tailor your search and save your favorite homes. Ideally, you should plan some travels there to check up on housing opportunities and see the places in person. And since you don’t know the area, we highly recommend working with a realtor in Key West to help you out. Key West is unlike any other place in the world, and the same can be said for the Real Estate Market. Check out the most recent Key West Real Estate Market Stats here.
- Income – You should have a job lined up or another source of income waiting for you once you get there. Jobs in certain industries, particularly tourism and the service industry are plentiful. Key West enjoys the lowest unemployment rate in Florida.
- Family – Where will your kids go to school? What opportunities do they have there for when they’re older? If you have small children in your care, you should really think about these things. Start here for some research into the best schools in Key West.
- Any Other Changes? – Think of hobbies, lifestyle, or anything else in your life that may need some changes once you move to Key West. For instance, you should know it’s a very popular tourist destination, so during certain times of the year, it can get kind of busy. Are you ok with that? Think of all the new hobbies to enjoy once you make the move to a place where you can be outdoors year-round. Most people think of Key West as a partying town but it ranks #6 in the healthiest communities in Florida.
Tips for Actually Moving
But let’s assume you’ve done your homework, and all that’s left is to actually make the move from your current state to the magical land of Key West Florida. Chances are, you’ll want to take some or most of your belongings with you, either for sentimental reasons or because you won’t be able to afford new things. What’s this process like?
Realistically, you’ll need to hire a moving company to help you. Unless you own a truck yourself, you won’t be able to move furniture and other things by yourself across states. So a professional company is the best way to go.
According to A1 Auto Transport, here are some things you can do to make working with a moving company a lot smoother:
- Start the Process Early: It’s impossible to account for every single issue that may appear during the moving process, so it’s always best to start thinking about it early. That way, you won’t end up having to make a quick decision without thinking it through.
- Know the Area You Are Moving to: Is it easily accessible to trucks? Does the company need to prepare in any way?
- Leave Unnecessary Things behind: We know you’d like to keep everything, but that can drive up the cost of transportation quite a bit. You should pack the important belongings that must travel with you, but items like very old clothes you never wear anymore, and probably about half the things in your garage are unnecessary.
- Prepare Financially: The costs of hiring a team to move your stuff ultimately depends on how much stuff you have, and how far your belongings have to travel. Most moving companies will offer an estimate of how much it can cost in your case, so definitely ask for these estimates (you don’t have to sign a contract with them in order to get it). Once you have a ballpark, make the necessary financial arrangements to ensure you can cover the cost.
- Shop around for the Transportation Company: Use the internet to research moving companies that can offer you what you need for the move, a price in your range, and that you feel comfortable working with. This is when the “start the process early” advice comes in handy.
What Makes a Good Moving Company?
Finding a moving company, or any type of company for that matter isn’t really an issue these days. The question here is what to look for in a moving company and how to find one right for you?
Well, the simplest answer here is that you need a company with the right services. If you move to Key West from another state, then the company must ship between states. If you have a lot of things to transport, then truck size in an issue. But apart from services, there are a few other things to look for:
Other people’s experiences with the moving company you want to hire are one of the first things to check after making sure they offer the services you need. Of course, one bad review isn’t enough to tell you the company isn’t great, but if most of the buzz online about it is negative, it’s probably best to move on.
The moving company will most likely offer a free estimate of their services, and you can use it to compare it with other companies. Nobody has unlimited resources to spend on moving, most of us are working on a budget.
Check the company’s USDOT numbers to see if it is operating legally in the U.S. If it’s not, don’t even bother with it.
From choosing the right moving company to finding a home in an area you love, all these different things are essential to think about before you plan a move.
Take the time to think about them and your move to Key West will be a breeze!