Moving to Tampa, FL

Skyscapers in Tampa Flroda, USAIf you are moving to Tampa, Florida, you may be familiar with the area in which you are looking to relocate, but you may not be.  This article will help provide some guidelines for your upcoming move. A very well-known city - Tampa is the second largest in the state of Florida by area and the third largest by population, just after Jacksonville and Miami. A perfect combination of amusement parks, water sports, arts communities and lovely sights is found in Tampa, which will make this city a wonderful choice for anyone who is planning relocation to Florida. There are some key factors to take in consideration before making the move.

The best time to schedule the relocation time is the winter period. Summers can be very hot with high temperatures and humidity. Therefore, relocating during the months of summer can be very difficult.  It is an amazing city for everyone to live in. Some of the other important features of the city to know for relocation include:

1. Moving Tips and Services

Thanks to the convenient weather during the winter months (September through May), many people chose Tampa, FL as their winter resident. Therefore, during these months Tampa is filled with many temporary residents as well as tourists and the roads are busier. If you are planning on moving to Tampa, you should consider this fact when you are deciding on your move date. Also try to avoid rush hours for moving to town (8-9am & 5-6pm) as the city becomes packed with people arriving and leaving work.

When moving to Florida (or to any other state for that matter) you should always check what the local requirements are as for resident’s driver's license. Getting a driving license in Tampa is fairly easy. You can check the  Florida DMV website for locations, online services, required documentation you may need and a lot more useful information. There are few different places for getting a driving license here. Tampa also has convenient places for registration of different vehicles. It is of very important to know the local laws and upgrade your driving license once you have shifted in the city. The state of Florida does not require any testing for updating the driver’s license anymore. Here are some additional tips:

  • Make arrangements for small children and/or pets for during the move. Both can be sensitive to the commotion of a move and may benefit from being in a more relaxing environment.

It will also ease your mind as it may be one less thing to have to worry about on the day of the move.

  • Scout out your new neighborhood and locate the most important shops and facilities. Hospitals, groceries stores, banks, etc.
  • Use the appropriate boxes for packing different types of items. For example, for breakables, dishes, glass wear, etc., a Dish Pack box is best. For books and other heavy objects, small boxes are best. It is recommended to use new, unused boxes for fragile items.  Not using the right type of boxes can increase the chance of damages to your belongings.
  • Label and organize your boxes to make unpacking easier. By knowing roughly what the contents are, you’ll be able to place boxes in the correct rooms and locate necessary items quickly.
  • Check the weather forecast for the week you are planning to move, to make sure it is not too cold, rainy or very hot.  Although you should plan ahead and secure a moving company at least a month in advance, the best time of year to plan for a move is in the spring or fall when the weather is not at its most extreme.
  • Make sure you have the right home address and directions to where you are moving


2. Highways and public transport

It is important to check the traffic on the day of your move to prepare for any delays and pick the best route to your new home. Please keep an eye on the traffic outlook here.

One of the busiest cities, Tampa is the center point for traveling to Florida. The availability of different channels and roads that connect various parts of Florida with others make Tampa very busy. The roads are especially congested near the area of Malfunction Junction.

Public transportation is highly encouraged due to extreme traffic congestion. There are buses, trolleys and metro systems available for the local transportation within the city. One major drawback of the public transport using buses is that the stations are usually not shaded, which is extremely hard to bear for people, especially during summer times.

3. Climate

The climate of Tampa is ever-changing and extremely flexible. Anyone who chooses to relocate to Tampa should be adaptable enough to the dynamic weather conditions. There is a strong presence of pollens and spores throughout the year. Tampa is composed of localities that are completely inland and those, on the waterfront.  The localities near water experience cooler breezes, lesser temperature and overall pleasant environment throughout the year. On the other hand, the completely inland communities are much more humid, hotter and muggier to live in.

The residents usually prefer to find houses in water front areas. The prices for housing are much cheaper in the inland areas though due to less demand among people.  The rain bursts are short and sudden and during the afternoon times, usually in summers. The irregular and sudden summer storms can also cause traffic obstruction in the city.

4. Education

There is a huge trend of pursuing higher and doctorate level education in various professions. In fact, this may be one or the main reason you are planning on moving to the area.  The main campus of the University of South Florida is present in Tampa. Other than this, there are countless other universities such as The University of Tampa which is especially known for the quality of its liberal arts programs. Some other institutions include the Hillsborough Community College, Southern Technical College and Jersey College. The quality of education maintained is very high throughout the educational levels.

There is also a strong inclination towards reading among the residents generally. Many public libraries are available in the city. The library system is run by the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. There are total 25 public libraries within the city.

5. Government

Interstate movers are licensed by the FMCSA. TO check if a company is in good rating with DOT, please check here. The American Moving and Storage association also regulates moving companies. To check if a mover is a ProMover please visit here.

The form of government present in the city is the mayor governance. The governance of the city mayor changes after every four years. The position is equivalent to being the chief executive officer of the city government.

6. Cities / metro areas

Other than the Magic Kingdom, there are so many neighbor hoods in the city to choose from.  Please refer here for a complete list of major cities and metro areas.  The city consists of multiple neighborhoods. The most popular localities include the Hyde Park, Channel District and the Ybor City which is notoriously popular for bars, amazing food and cigars. The best shopping malls of the city are present in the Hyde Park. It is a must visit place especially for shoppers! The Channel District is located in the Downtown area and the city’s most beautiful museums, aquariums and art centers are present there. It is nevertheless, a golden place to visit in Tampa.

7. Cost of living

If you have visited Tampa before your relocation, you may have been aware of how much more the cost of living is than another major metropolitan city. As far as the cost of living is concerned, Tampa comes in the middle. It is a moderately costly city. The living expenses are not too high, nor too low. This is one of the reasons people choose to relocate here. The average price for purchasing a home is $155,100 which is in fact lower than the national average in the United States. There is a variety of services available for different prices, suiting all socio-economic backgrounds.

8. Schools

Moving homes can nerve wracking for parents but moving schools can be even more so for children. You’ll want to prepare your family for the transition. Please visit here for a complete list of ratings and listing of schools. The quality of education is well maintained throughout the state of Florida. In Tampa, the public education for primary and secondary levels is monitored by the Hillsborough County Public Schools which is officially known as the School District of Hillsborough County. As many as 189,000 students are enrolled in different schools. The city has 133 elementary, 42 middle and 27 high schools. Twelve high schools were listed among the best schools of America.

A high quality of education is provided by most of the schools present in Tampa. There is a variety of choices available for students. There are different schools available including magnet, Montessori and charter. Studying at home is also common among students in the city. Florida has also encouraged the development of virtual educational programs throughout the state. The students are not only focused on their academic performance but their performance in extracurricular activities is also a vital part of the educational programs in Tampa.

Different aptitude tests are used to measure and evaluate the student’s capabilities in various aspects. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is taken annually and evaluates the performances of students measuring their mathematics, reading, writing and communication skills.

9. Media outlets

The best way to connect to all the major happenings taking place in a city when you are new is to engage in using different sources of media. It is highly advisable to regularly check the newspapers and print materials to know what is cooking in the city! Tampa has many different newspapers and channels available.

Tampa is also a very active city and multiple events take place at one time. One of the famous newspapers is Tampa Bay Times. It is not only the most read newspaper in Tampa but the most followed one in Florida. It is also in the top most read newspapers in the United States. The daily local and international news, featured jobs, business information, and events are covered in the daily editions.

The newspaper is very engaging and along with all the information, it also regularly covers the fun aspect of interesting things to do in Tampa. It also updates you about the regular events taking place in the city. If you want to be active and engage in activities taking place around you, it is ideal to follow the newspaper. Tampa is a great place for socializing and making new friends too.

10. Movers USA

Relocation can be tiring and stress inducing. It is very hard to find the right movers who can plan the right strategy for you. However, minimum risk should be involved when considering relocation. Ideally, the process of relocation should be reliable and smooth. Moving from one place to another can be a big hassle, let alone from one country to another. Therefore, to have the best moving experience, it is extremely necessary to find the right company.

With more than 3 decades of on hand experience, Movers USA is surely the best professional choice you can make when it comes to relocation. We specialize in taking away all your worries and stresses related to relocation and work with you to create a smooth moving plan for you! Be it within town, outside the state or even country, Movers USA will surely deliver the best.

The staff at Movers USA is experienced and qualified to handle any type of move. We are known for giving top quality service and having the best teams in town. Our guys will be able to handle any challenge efficiently and we always take the furthest precaution in caring for your items.

From our know-how to the top of the line moving equipment that we use, your items will be in good hands.

Movers USA have well-maintained and high quality trucks. You may have even seen our beautiful trucks around town! The trucks are custom designed for making the relocation easier and simpler. They provide best quality service, be it an interstate, local or even international move. All type of storage services including short term and long term are available. Consult with one of our specialists to discover all your options to find which will work best for you.

With all these features, we also offer constant live customer support. The claims for theft, damage or loss can easily be registered. The highly professional team can help you in making the best of your move. The high quality services are also given at a very low cost compared to the market. As it is very difficult to find the best price for the most reliable moving services, choose Movers USA and have a smooth and stress-free relocation experience!