Apart from changing your postal code, moving from Indiana to Florida will alter many other aspects of your everyday life. Your surroundings will get a change in style, neighbors a change in accent and the temperature a change in intensity. Still, however daunting it may seem, there is an easy way to prepare for this move, and greet your new home in Florida with a big smile. Let’s get right into it.
The financial preparation
In order to ensure an efficient and stress-free relocation, you must be familiar with the financial aspect of it. Before calling your movers Hallandale Beach, make sure that you are firm on the amount of money you are ready to allocate for this undertaking. Since you are having an interstate move, think about the extent of help you will need from the movers. Additional services cost more money (naturally), so try to put it all on paper, and compare with your initial budget. Be wise when deciding what you can and cannot go without.
Another financial aspect of your move considers the change in costs of living. Namely, Florida is more expensive to live in than Indiana. Considerably more. The overall cost of living in Florida is over 10% higher than the US average, while the one in Indiana is 13% lower. To further illustrate our point, let us compare further:
- median home cost in the US is $219,700. In Florida, it’s $225,200. In Indiana, it’s $140,700.
- health in Florida is just barely over 2% below the national average. In Indiana, however, it’s over 17% lower.
- transportation in Florida exceeds the national average by 30%, while in Indiana it is almost 4% lower.
The simpler chores of moving from Indiana to Florida
While finances can be daunting and tiresome, they need to be done if you care to save any money, and be prepared for what’s to come. After you’re done with the numbers, it’s time to go into chores that are more physical. The biggest and probably most challenging part of every relocation is packing. Your interstate move makes this task even more demanding. You will need to ensure that your belongings reach their destination in an impeccable state. Or, at least, as close to it as possible.
If you find this chore too much for you to handle, do not restrain from asking some of the moving companies Miami Beach for help. This is, actually, a smarter idea than opting for a DIY packing, if you can afford it. While local moves seldom put much strain on the transported items, a long distance move will test their durability and sturdiness. If you are still firm on packing on your own, do continue with the read.
How to start?
We will assume that you are not reading this article on the moving eve and that the following advice has any value: start early and plan well ahead. Since packing for a long distance move requires a knowledgable approach, and your full attention, it would be wise not to rush the process. Spend as much time as you need to create a quality plan that will guide you through the whole moving ordeal, and ensure that nothing is overseen or left behind. As you advance, you will be able to check things off your list, knowing that you have everything under control.
Decluttering is an essential part of your moving list, and as such should take precedence on it. It is a step that succeeds all else. By de-cluttering, you will get rid of all the items you no longer need and be able to pack and bring along only the useful belongings. So, go room to room, and part with anything that hasn’t seen the light of day for more than 6 months. In addition, since you are moving from Indiana to Florida, consider getting rid of your winter clothes. Chances that you will need them are slim, and they do take up a lot of space.
The packing itself
Your long distance move will require sturdy boxes, lots of cushioning materials (think bubble wrap, pacing paper, and newspapers), quality ducktape and enough time. Start weeks in advance by packing the items you use most rarely. This will allow you to go on with your everyday life without much hinderances. Rooms that should be first on your list include your attic, basement, and garage. Follow with the depths of your closet and pantry. The very last items you ought to pack are the clothes you plan on carrying right after the move, your most used kitchen appliances, and products for hygiene.
Make sure to pack heavy items in smaller boxes, and vice versa. Label your boxes according to their contents, making sure that the words are clearly visible. If a certain box is particularly heavy (say that it has a lot of books inside), make sure to label that as well. The person picking it up will surely be glad to know what to expect. Do not skimp out on the padding when it comes to your fine china or other fragile items. If you lack cushioning materials, use your t-shirts, socks and other soft pieces of clothes or bedding.
An essentials box
One neat trick that will ensure an easy adjustment in the first couple of days in Florida is an essentials box. This one ought to be packed the day before the move. Fill it with the items you need on a daily basis. Things like bedsheets (not all, just the one that you will need for the first night in your new home), cutlery and a plate each for every member of your family and the most basic hygiene products should all find their place in that box. Feel free to adjust the contents to your liking, making sure that you do not overfill the box with items that are not so urgent.
Hitting the road
If you are moving via car, make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before. Everything but the essentials box and food for the road should be packed in the car and ready for the road. Moving from Indiana to Florida means driving for long hours. Take enough brakes to rest and recuperate. Consider making a stop in a motel, and getting some sleep, if you feel like the trip is taking too much out of you. Your safety is much more important than anything else in this whole process. Do not put yourself at risk in order to get there a few hours earlier. We wish you happy travels and a wonderful new life in the state of Florida.