Relocating to Miami

Things you need to know

Miami is the best place to live
Get the kids involved
Moving Company
Questions for the Moving Company
Preparing the Move
Before the Move
8 Weeks before the Move
4 Weeks before the Move
2 Weeks before the Move
What to Expect on moving date

Miami is a Wonderful Place to Live!

Miami is one of the world’s most unique and exciting multicultural cities, offering plenty of sun, sand and waters. Famous for its wide beaches and lively nightlife, the city is full of interesting attractions, such as South Beach, where there is an abundance of restaurants, shops and nightlife. Miami is made up of many distinct districts, the waterways of the Miami Islands, exclusive Coral Gables, stylish Coconut Grove, luxurious houses in Pinecrest and the high-rise condos of Brickell Avenue and luxurious Key Biscayne.

How to Tell the Younger Generation

  • Tell them early. Keep your family inform as soon as you make the decision.  Get your family involved including the children from the very beginning.  Keeping the children involved will provide them assurance that they matter.  Have regular meetings to keep them inform as to the progress of the new house.  Is important to give everybody time to express their feelings and concerns.
  • Be very clear that the decision is final. The most important thing is to always show your children you are sure of the decision and to always remain firm.  Wavering on your decision or expressing doubts will cause your children to worry and to feel even more uncertain then they do.
  • Give them as much information as they need. During your discussion with your children, make sure you let them know the general details of your move, including where, when, why and how. If they want to know more, they’ll ask. Too many details may overwhelm them. Give them time to absorb the news before you start giving them too much information.
  • Be positive. Tell your children the good things that will come from this move, and why it will be better for the entire family. Give them the advantages to moving. Be positive, but also realistic. Don’t make promises you can’t keep and don’t exaggerate just to generate excitement. Be honest.

Hiring A Good Moving Company

Choosing a good moving company is a hard. Do research and talk to friends. Then select at least 3 companies and interviewing them over the phone.

  • Check the companies’ websites that list their services, service history, destinations they will move to, and roughly how much it will cost. This way you can compare prices and ask questions.
  • Ask your friends if they can recommend a company, or if there’s a company they don’t recommend. Both lists are invaluable when choosing a mover.
  • Visit the site This is a website dedicated to revealing moving scams. Check out their articles, and in particular, their message board where individuals will post on moving company problems and warnings.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau. Find out if any of the companies on your list have generated any reports.
  • Go to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website and find out if your potential mover has a Department of Transportation (DOT) number. This number ensures that the company is registered with the Department of Transportation.

Questions to Ask the Moving Company

Before you even have the company do a walk-through of your home, ask these questions while you have them on the phone. This is your chance to interview the company to see if they are going to meet your needs.

  • Registration Number The moving company should have a registration number with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), called a USDOT number (US Department of Transportation Number). If a company only travels within one state, than they may not be registered. You can check online with FMCSA.
  • Rates and Estimates Ask the company what there rate is; most companies will provide a rate per pound and a distance rate. If the company offers a quote based on cubic feet – do not hire them. A company estimate must be based on weight if you’re moving long-distances. For short-distances, some companies will charge a per hour rate. Keep in mind that the moving company must give you an estimate in writing and they must provide you with a copy. The estimate must include all charges and both you and the mover must sign it for it to be an agreement. The estimate must also indicate the method of payment and be dated.
  • Subcontractors Some of the larger movers subcontract to a smaller company. If this is the case with the company you are thinking of using, ask for the subcontractor’s name and if the company uses several subcontractors, ask for a complete list.

If subcontractors are used, make sure you check out the drivers to ensure you’ll still receive good service. Most subcontractors are local movers who have purchased their own truck for transport.

  • Additional Fees Find out if there are any additional fees or when additional fees apply. Some companies will charge extra for awkward items, or if the destination does not have easy access, or if the load has to be hand-carried over a certain distance. To avoid such costs, note any larger items and pre-arrange where the truck can park, if there are any stairs, and if you are moving to a condo or high-rise, investigate any possible obstructions such as elevator usage and load restrictions. These extra charges are called flight charges and long carry charges and they should be discussed with your mover ahead of time. If you’re well organized, have arranged for parking and elevator usage, these charges should not apply.
  • Additional Transfers For long distance moves some companies may transfer your belongings from one truck to another. Additional transfers increase the possibility of damage and loss. Keep this in mind when you are choosing your carrier and ask beforehand. Also, if you are moving during the winter or rainy season, find out if the company protects against water damage.
  • Insurance Ask detailed questions about insurance. The moving company will provide insurance at an additional cost. Insurance is usually based on weight, so you will need to assess the value of your goods versus what the insurance policy will provide should your belongings arrive damaged or not at all.
  • Packing/Storage Services Find out how items are protected and labeled. Most companies will shrink-wrap our sofa and provide a free blanket wrap service; smaller companies may charge for his service. Make sure you keep an accurate list of all your items, number of boxes, single pieces and odds and ends.
  • Complaints and Claims Ask the company if they have any unresolved complaints or claims against them. Most will give you a history of complaints and claims, and if they were resolved satisfactory for the client. Ask for Referrals/Recommendations. Most reliable companies will automatically provide you with letters of happy clients. And although anyone with a printer and computer could generate supportive documents, you can usually assume they are legitimate and factual.

Preparing to move

First of all plan ahead – way ahead. You want your moving day to be organized and have an easy transition when the movers get there. Check and re-confirm the scheduled closing date. Make a list of all records that need to be transferred and utility companies that must be notified. Remember that you’re paying someone to carry away everything you choose to take with you, and leave behind whatever would end up sitting in your new basement. Keep a folder and take it with you of important information you may need.

8 Weeks Before You Move

  • Purchase a journal or use a coiled binder, and keep notes on your move. Include “to do” lists, reminders.
  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household goods you want to keep.
  • Choose a mover.
  • Will you need to purchase additional insurance? Find out how much the moving company will cover, then contact your insurance agent and ask if your homeowners or rental policy can apply to moving your household goods.
  • Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer or obtain your child’s school records.
  • If you need to use storage facilities, check out your options, compare prices and book the space.
  • Make a running list of people and companies you need to notify of your change of address.
  • Start looking at what, if any, packing supplies you’ll need. Make a list, and if you’re ordering off the Internet, order your supplies now.
  • Purchase a lockable box and/or file box to keep important documents. Start collecting and sorting your records. Keep adding to it as you begin to pack.
  • Complete any home improvements/repairs you have agreed to do.

4 Weeks Before You Move

  • Contact your utility and service companies to arrange the date when your  service can be disconnected, and if needed, the date it is to be reconnected in your new home. This can include telephone, Internet, heating, water and electricity. Make sure you ask that services be disconnected after your move date.
  • Make all your travel plans such as flights, hotels or calls to family members you might need to stay with at your destination or along the way. If you’re flying your pets, make sure you have the necessary documents and carrier.
  • Decide what needs to travel with you, including clothing, games for the kids, books, toiletries, etc.
  • Begin dismantling any outdoor furniture or children’s play areas, including slides and swings. Check the garage and storage areas to determine what needs to be packed.
  • Start finding new homes for your plants, if you know they can’t go with you. If you are moving plants, make sure you know how they’ll be transported. 
  • Cancel subscriptions to local newspapers, magazines, bottled water or any other home delivery service you currently receive. 
  • Complete an IRS change of address form. 
  • If you’re driving to your new home, get a detailed map and plot out your route. Write out directions and give them to your movers. 
  • Keep packing the none essential items. Designate a room to start placing all your boxes.  Mark the boxes with what they contain, in case you need to open one of them.

2 Weeks Before You Move

  • Safely dispose of all hazardous household chemicals like paint, oil and solvents.
  • Start eating items in your freezer and pantry.
  • Pack up your garage, shed, and basement.
  • Continue packing. Try to label each box with what’s inside, where it goes and any special instructions.

It’s Moving Day – What to Expect

  • Pack up the remaining items such as the bedding and towels.
  • When your movers arrive, go through your home with them to ensure that any fragile or large items are identified. This will help the movers ensure your things are properly loaded and protected.
  • Make sure you’ve placed all items not going with the mover in a separate place with all boxes well marked.
  • Be present when your items are tagged by the moving company to ensure everything is marked properly and in case the movers have any questions. You’ll also be signing the final document outlining which items were loaded on to the truck. It is important to confirm each piece before it leaves your home.
  • Before the moving truck pulls away, do a final thorough check to ensure everything has been loaded.
  • Make sure the moving company has your new address and a contact telephone number in case they need to reach you.
  • Check all paperwork before you sign the bill of lading. Keep your copy of the bill of lading and inventory list in a safe place.
  • Do any last minute cleaning.
  • Leave your new address and contact information with your neighbor or your landlord so that any stray pieces of mail can be forwarded.
  • Take one last look around, shut off all lights you are ready for the move.
Communities Area Development
Coconut Grove
Coral Gables
Fisher Island
Golden Beach
Key Biscayne
Miami Beach
Bal Harbour
Bay Point
Brickell Avenue
Culter Bay
Deering Bay
Gables by the Sea
Golden Beach
Grove Isle
Hibiscus Island
Indian Creek
La Gorce
North Bay Road
Palm Island
Riviera Country Club/Golf Course
Snapper Creek Lakes
Star Island
Tahiti Beach
The Moorings
Treasure Cove
Venetian Island
Williams Island
Metropolitan Miami
Ritz Carlton
St Regis
The Setai

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