The word is out about Tampa Bay. In fact, according to a recent article in WalletHub, Tampa ranks number 14 in the best cities to live in the entire country!
That’s the highest of any city in Florida, leaving popular destinations like Miami (which came in at number 54) in its dust.
One of the only downsides of moving to Tampa is that it’s a bit of a hassle getting there. However, with the help of a moving company, you can cross that downside right off of your list.
And speaking of lists, here are five checklists, organized by timeframe, that will help you prepare for the big move:
1) Two Months to Go
Get to know the area. Sure, you’re moving to Tampa, but there’s so much more to it than just the city. They call it “The Bay Area” for a reason. Research other awesome places like St. Petersburg and Ybor City.
If you have kids or plan to some day, get to know the school systems, particularly in your neighborhood. Consider the decision between private and public schooling based on what you’ve been able to determine.
Leave behind clutter. While a moving company will help you with the boxing and hauling process, two months out is a great time to start sorting your stuff into piles of what you plan to bring to your next life, and what you can do without.
2) One Month to Go
Take care of clerical business like an official change-of-address with the Post Office. Do this now. It may seem early still but the next 30 days are going to fly by.
Now is a good time to have the realtor assisting with moving to Tampa send you measurements for the new place. As you begin the packing process you are going to want to know if it’s worth bringing a couch that will never fit through the door.
Find a new primary care physician in the Tampa area and have your records transferred over to their office. If you see specialists, you may want to repeat the process for them as well.
3) Two Weeks to Go
Not to judge, but you probably should have done this already but it ought to be said: If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to give your two-week’s notice to work.
Get a routine car repair. Get the oil changed and the tires rotated, especially if moving to Tampa means a long drive. Keep in mind that Tampa is the fifth most humid major city in the country. Make sure your car is equipped to handle that.
Now is a good time to get on the same page with professional movers, particularly ones who are used to the process of moving to Tampa.
4) One Week to Go
You should hopefully be finished with packing up the house by now. With one week left now is the time to pack your actual suitcases.
Add specifics to boxes to help the moving company like “fragile”, as well as the rooms that the different boxes are meant to go in.
Do a major trip to Goodwill or another charity organization. Donate everything you don’t need that you wouldn’t consider trash.
5) Moving Day
Take stock of everything. Count all the boxes. Make a list of all the furniture. Check this list again in Tampa.
Go over everything above once more to be certain you’ve forgotten nothing. Consider doing this the day before as well.
This is sappy, but take a photo. This will always be your home, no matter how many you have in the future.
The Move to Tampa
The transition to Tampa is an easy one. Between the year-round summer weather, the museums, and the booming job markets, this should be a pretty easy place to find your footing.
With the right attitude, the right checklists, and most importantly the right moving company, your move to Tampa will be a breeze.