Are you ready to start a new life in one of the most beautiful destinations in the States? Well, make sure to polish your Spanglish and start packing, because you have so many things to do.
What to Expect When Moving to Miami
Let’s be honest – moving sucks. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving to Miami or somewhere else, it’s complicated, time-consuming, and a pain in the neck. So, the first step is to hire professional movers.
Hiring experienced Miami movers is the best way to ensure a smooth and stress-free relocation. They’ll make sure all your belongings are protected from damage and that they arrive at your new address on time. Even though hiring a moving company may seem quite expensive at first, it actually helps you save money. The company has all the necessary equipment and tools, so you won’t have to make any purchases related to the move.
Once you’ve settled in the Capital of Latin America, it’s time to start exploring it. Here are some things you need to know in advance in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Looking for an Apartment
Finding an apartment in Miami is a huge challenge. If you’re looking for a place to live online, be ready to spend a substantial amount of time on that. Be careful of scams, especially on Craigslist. Brokers in Miami usually charge 5% of the final price. The worst period to rent an apartment in Miami is from May to June, whereas the best time is between September and January.
Call the Pest Control
Once you’ve found a place to live, the first thing to do is pest removal. Apartments in Miami are often infested with rats, mice, and various bugs, but fortunately, there is a great number of pest control companies that can help you solve the problem.
Get Ready to Enjoy Great Food
Moving to Miami means enjoying delicious Cuban food. You’ve probably already tried more mainstream Cuban foods like tacos and burritos but in Miami, you’ll discover a whole new world of specialties. Start your morning with a cafecito, the Cuban variety of espresso, or treat yourself with a frita, Cuban-style burger with matchstick potatoes, pepitas, and a delicious sauce. Whenever you feel like trying something new, just stop at the first stall on the street. If there’s a long line in front, you can be sure the food is great!
Pack Your Bikinis
Miami has amazing weather, especially in spring and autumn. Summers can get rabeally hot and humid, with temperatures reaching up to 82 degrees F. Luckily, there are great beaches where you can go swimming. There’s also AC` almost everywhere you go, so you don’t have to worry.
When packing your things, feel free to leave your heavy winter jacket behind. You’re moving to the Sunshine State, so you won’t need it, even in winter (you might need a light sweater, but that’s it). However, it’s a good idea to pack a pair of rain boots because some months (especially October) can be really rainy. If you don’t have rain boots, take a pair of solid shoes and, of course, an umbrella.
You’ll Never Be Alone
When moving to Miami, forget about doing anything alone. Working, eating, going to museums…, people in Miami are very friendly and like to do things together. Soon after you settle in, you’ll make more friends than you can imagine.
People in Miami Love to Exercise
When you start living in Miami, you’ll realize that everybody loves to exercise. Swimming, cycling, sailing, gym, yoga…there’s a great number of options to help you stay healthy and fit. Your neighbors and new friends will most likely ask you to join them for one of these activities (remember, everything is done in a company). So, make sure to pack your sportswear and be prepared to get really active.
On the Other Hand, They’re So Relaxed
Relocating to the Capital of Latin America means learning how to chill. No more speed walking while drinking your morning coffee and speaking on the phone at 6.30am. Miamians like to take their time and do things slowly.
Learn Some Spanglish
Have you taken a Spanish class in high school? It will come in very handy when you relocate to Miami. People in Miami use a fusion of the two languages that is very catchy and easy to learn, even if you’ve never used Spanish before. Even though Spanglish might seem hard to understand at first, you’ll start speaking it in just a few weeks.
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Get a Driver’s License
If you lived in a city with public transportation, Miami is going to be something quite new for you. Living in Miami means having a car. And since the city is huge, you’ll need to leave early wherever you go. One more thing: even though we mentioned that people in Miami are chill and relaxed, that doesn’t apply to public transportation.
Be Prepared for Lots of Visitors
After moving to Florida, you’ll be welcoming lots of visitors. As Miami is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, people will be asking for couch surf all year round.
Relatives and friends will be popping everywhere asking to stay for a couple of days, so it might be a good idea to rent a bigger apartment, preferably one with a guest room, in order to keep the guests off the living room sofa.