Do’s and Don’ts for Planning Relocation to Florida
When companies need to move employees who are also homeowners, they have to make the transition as painless as possible (or risk losing a valued asset). Urban Bound is a Chicago-based professional relocation group who know the landscape. “Even the most hands-on HR departments in the world can have too much on their plates to give relocation the attention it needs,” they point out. Thus the $16 billion relocation industry!
If you’re contemplating a relocation to Florida any time soon, even without the services of a specialist, there’s much we can learn from the do’s and don’ts they offer. Here are some key don’ts:
Don’t Underestimate the Commute
If relocation to Jacksonville, Port St. Lucie, Palm City or Stuart will find you entering unfamiliar territory, don’t rely on MapQuest to tell you how long your drive to work will be. Take a serious look at public transportation, too, as you choose where you want to live in relation to your new job.
Don’t Overestimate the Raise
When you are relocating, the difference between a $30,000 and $45,000 salary (or even $70,000 and $100,000) might actually amount to a decrease in real earnings. When you’re considering cost of living differences for a relocation to Jacksonville, Port St. Lucie, Palm City or Stuart, don’t be tempted to stop at the obvious living expenses, like housing and food. Will you be doing more holiday traveling to visit those you left behind? Will the kids wind up in private schools if available public schools aren’t up to snuff? You’re looking for all cost differences…which can go the other way, too!
Don’t Ignore Key Findings
The experts mention (politely) that not only do you have to do the research; you also have to accept the results. School quality really can vary. Even noise quality can be a factor that drives location. Best practice? Find out what people have to say about where they live, good and bad. When you plan a Florida relocation carefully, you’ll take advantage of your new opportunity while avoiding common oversights. And if relocation is in your future, I’m here to help you find the right — and practical — new place to call home.
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Author Millie Gil: I have been in the real estate service business in Florida for many successful years and will be here for many more. This longevity and confidence comes from my residential lending and real estate services to great buyers and sellers, and their recommendations to others that result in repeat and referral business that keeps me productive and successful. Doing real estate relocation is also a passion, by assisting transferees with every residential or commercial real estate need. I know that “Relocations occur for business reasons, but more often they succeed because of a combination of family needs that are met”. My commitment to my clients is that I work diligently and quickly to produce results. I assist buyers, sellers, renters and investors in real estate transactions spanning all of the price ranges and property types. I am fluent in English and Spanish with a strong network of real estate professionals worldwide.