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A Guide to Moving to Miami

February 24th, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Want to make Miami your new home?

Whether you dream of spending afternoons on the beach, are moving for a job or just want a great place to retire — consider Miami. From diverse neighborhoods, year-round events, delicious foods and amazing weather, "The Magic City" has many aspects that make people call it home. But before packing your bags, make sure you understand what to expect from life in Miami.

Moving to Miami, FL is an adventure

Living in Miami — food, weather and entertainment

Any local will tell you that visiting Miami and living in Miami are very different things. Tourism is the top industry, so visitors abound, but once you leave the luxury hotels, there are a few things to understand. For starters, when you live there, you get to take advantage of the beautiful weather year-round. When the rest of the country is covered in winter snow, Miami will be75 degrees. In the summer when the temperatures rise, it’s easy to escape to the beach for some fun in the sand.

Apart from the weather, an exciting part of life in Miami is the plethora of events that take place. Almost any interest — including Jazz music, improv comedy, fitness, films, food and wine — is represented in festivals. You can explore each of the local events and return year after year to your favorites. Another pillar of Miami culture is the food. You'll quickly learn all about Cuban coffee (a strong espresso-type drink), Cuban sandwiches (a grilled pork sandwich), stone crabs and other classics like ceviche and plantains.

While you’re exploring the city, you’ll find that one of the only frustrations can be the traffic. However, you'll soon learn which routes and times to avoid and how to get around without getting on the busy turnpikes and expressways.

Exploring Miami neighborhoods

Before diving into the world of Miami real estate, you'll want to explore the neighborhoods and figure out which area is best for your family. There are more than 20 defined neighborhoods in Miami alone, not to mention the surrounding communities. It all depends on what you're looking for.

If you want to be close to the business district, look for places to live downtown. For more historic surroundings, check out the Upper East Side. The Coconut Grove is along the beach and features a variety of apartments. Coral Gables is quieter with Mediterranean-style homes. If you can, spend some time visiting the different neighborhoods to get a feel for them. A realtor will be able to show you available real estate properties to help narrow your search.

How to move to Miami

The easiest way to move long-distance to Miami is with U-Pack®. U-Pack is a "you pack, we drive" service where you do the packing and loading, and we deliver your belongings right to your new home.

U-Pack is able to service all areas of Miami with both ReloCube moving containers or a moving trailer, as long as you have parking available at your home.  Since our trucks are 28' instead of a traditional 53' semi-trailer, we can easily navigate through the more residential suburbs to deliver your moving equipment. If parking is an issue, you can unload at our Miami service center.

No matter which neighborhood you choose, when you move with U-Pack, you don't have to worry about navigating a rental truck through Miami traffic or driving across the country behind the wheel of a bulky truck. And the best part? Prices are comparable to truck rental, especially when you factor in fuel. Get a free moving quote and see how you can move to Miami with U-Pack.

Have questions about moving to Miami? Leave us a comment or call 800-413-4799 to speak with a helpful moving consultant.

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