Moving to a new place is always a little bit daunting, whether you’re going across town or across the country. Cities have a lot to offer to new residents and Miami is no exception. Miami is a one-of-a-kind area with many things to do and areas to explore. Make your adjustment to this great city easier by reading on to see our top 5 things to do before you leave to South Florida.
1. Educate yourself on the culture
Miami has a fairly rich culture; from their daily Cuban coffee breaks at 3:05pm to the way they often greet people with a kiss on the cheek. There are also a lot of different backgrounds and ethnicities in Miami, each with their own customs and cuisines that they bring to the city. With people from Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, Chile, and more, Miami’s culture is very unique. A lot of the locals in Miami speak Spanish too, so it might be a good idea to brush up on a few Spanish words and phrases before you make the move.
2. Find a job
Maybe the reason you’re moving to Miami is for work so you already have a job lined up… But for those of you who don’t have a job lined up, here are a few tips to help you land a job before you move or shortly after your move to Miami. Want to work for Miami-Dade County? Check out their website for a list of open jobs. If working for the county doesn’t appeal to you, you can check out the bigger private companies for jobs. Some of the most popular companies to work for in Miami are Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami International Airport, PortMiami, and Royal Caribbean International. Want a more flexible job that allows you to make your own schedule? Apply to drive for GoShare and use your own truck or van to make up to $71.52 an hour + tips!
3. Prepare for the weather
Miami weather is different than most other U.S. cities. The humidity can be slightly difficult to adjust to at first, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. Just walking outside to your car can have you sweating. Miami is also known to have random downpours. Although they usually only last a few minutes, it’s smart to keep an umbrella with you just in case you get caught outside during a downpour. On the other hand, when the Miami sun is out it can really take it’s toll on you whenever you’re outside. With that said, if you’re going to be outside, make sure you wear sunscreen…or you might have to spend a few days and a full bottle of aloe trying to recover.
4. Pack up
As moving day gets closer, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the packing process. In an attempt to prevent that overwhelming feeling, here are a few tips to help out! First off, before you even begin to pack, declutter your home. Doing this prior to packing and moving will save you time and effort so you’re not moving things that you don’t need or want anymore. Our second tip, which falls in line with our first tip, is to sell furniture that you no longer want/need in your new home. Once you’ve finished decluttering and selling your unwanted furniture, you should be left with only the things you want/need to take with you on your move, so now you can start the packing process. First things first, go pick up some boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and sharpies! Build your boxes, pick a room to start with and then start to carefully pack your items, wrapping the fragile items in bubble wrap. Go room by room, writing the contents on each box to make unpacking easier! For more moving and packing tips click here.
5. Make the move
Your last step, obviously, is to actually make the move to Miami. After decluttering and beginning the packing process, you’ll have a good idea of how much stuff you’re moving, which will help in deciding how much help you need. Do you need a big box truck? Maybe just a cargo van or pickup truck if you don’t have a lot stuff to move? While there are many options out there, GoShare allows you to customize your move to get the help you need, and it’s on demand! You can schedule it in advance or order the help you need on moving day. With GoShare, you are just a few clicks away from an easy, convenient, and affordable move. For the best experience download the free GoShare app on iPhone or Android.