How to Move to Florida Without a Job

How to Move to Florida Without a Job

I meet folks all the time that come to Florida on vacation and decide they want to make it their seasonal or permanent residence.  In this post, I am going to offer some tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.  

Tip 1: Save Save Save

Saving enough money is key to making this transition as smooth as it can be.  A good rule of thumb is to save 3-6 months of living expenses.  In addition you will want to set aside money for moving expenses as well.  This can vary greatly depending on how much you are planning on moving – a whole house full of furniture or just your personal items.  Additionally you will want to have set aside first, last and security money if you plan to rent or a down payment and closing costs if you intend on purchasing a home.  Whichever way you decide we can refer you to the best sources, feel free to contact us for movers, a rental division or a mortgage professional. 

Tip 2: Telecommute or Transfer

With all we have been through with the recent pandemic, more and more people are working from home.  Many companies are transitioning to workers remaining at home.  If it is a possibility it sure would make your move easier if your income was secure!  If telecommuting is out, perhaps the company you work for has a location here in SWFL or even a sister company and a transfer would work out for you.  It can’t hurt to check with the human resource department and see what your options might be.

Tip 3:  Check Out the Job Market In Advance

Each part of the country is unique and varies in employment opportunities, pay and benefits offered.  Be sure to do your homework before making a move.  Check out the county’s website for top employers, contact local employment agencies, get your resume out there and interview virtually and if possible attend a job fair.  Below you will find a link to the economy here in Punta Gorda and a link to major employers.

Link to the Economy of SWFL:

Link to SWFL Major Employers:

Tip 4:  Find Temporary Housing 

If at all possible, stay with family or friends when you come to Florida.  This will help your bank account!  It can also help you build a network faster if you can be introduced to your family or friends inner circle.  Be sure to let everyone know what you are looking for, a job, a home, a partner… If you don’t have family or friends in the area, an airbnb or monthly rental may work well for you. 

Tip 5:  Check Your Ego at the State Line

It may be difficult, but be willing to take a temporary job to have some cash flow while you begin to network and find a better opportunity.  We can become very wrapped up in our identities of who we used to be or who we were at our last job.  While you bring all of your experience when you come to a new location, the opportunities and expectations are likely different from where you came from.  It may take time to find the right fit.  Taking on a temporary position or home can take a lot of pressure off of you in the long run and allow you to make calmer decisions.   

Bonus Tip:  Beware of Pets

I know our pets are like our family members and we can’t understand why our neighbors may not love our german shepherd too!  Know that most rentals and condo associations in Charlotte County – whether commercial or personal do not allow pets, especially large pets or multiple pets.  Restrictions can include: no pets, a limited number of pets, a limited size of pets, a limited number and size of pets and even breed restrictions.  If you do not have a pet now, I advise you not to get one! Wait until you are settled.  If you do have pets that will cause a hindrance to you renting or purchasing perhaps a family member or friend can house them for you until you find just the right home.  If you would like more information on this feel free to contact us 941-875-4691.


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