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January 18, 2013

Nancy asks…

Moving to Orlando Florida?

I am moving to Orlando Florida by the end of August. But I am planning a trip in July to look for places to live. Is Orlando a nice place to live? I have been there twice for vacations. I am from Michigan and hate it here! No jobs, roads are crap & bad weather! So I am moving but needed some help. What is the best way to go about this?

Administrator answers:

I can understand your desire – I moved to Central Florida from New Jersey 22 years ago and I never regretted it! Nope, not even Friday the 13th of August 2004, when Charlie beat the crap out of us all.

You say you will come visit to house-hunt – sensible. There are a apartment complexes all over the metro area. However, you don’t mention if you have a job lined up yet – do you? That should have precedence – get a job commitment first, then look for a home. Metro Orlando is very sprawled out – it can take 2 hours to drive from one side to the other during rush hour. You don’t want to get an apartment in Deltona, then find the best job is in St. Cloud or Lake Buena Vista – or Lakeland. Oops!

How to find a job will depend on the type of job: you wouldn’t look for a job making hamburgers in Burger King the same way you’d look for a job as a software engineer. Read the want-ads in the Orlando Sentinel and the jobs websites that cater to the kind of job you want. Unless you have the home of a relative or friend you can borrow until you get a job (or a LOT of cash reserves to live on) I suggest you find enough of a job to support yourself with before you actually make the move. We have unemployment problems just like everyone else.

Once you have a job, scout out homes in that part of town. Be aware that toll roads can get expensive, but for the most part they are big time-savers. Get an E-pass transponder no matter what: the convenience will pay for itself ($20) the 1st trip you make, and many of the tolls are discounted for E-pass users.. Most apartment complexes will ask for small deposit, and many are offering discounts on 1st month rent. Leases are for 7 or 12 months; the longer lease is usually slightly cheaper rent. Also check for-rent ads: many people bought houses or condo’s to rent out – they might be cheaper, more convenient, and/or more comfortable. Be aware that the electric utility will ask for a credit check; if you don’t have a utility account in Michigan they will ask for a deposit – call them and ask. Choices include rent.com and craigslist.com, orlando.apartmentfinder.com, orlando.apartments.com, and many others – you know how to google. When you go to check a place out, drive around the neighborhood during rush hour, to see what it’s like. Some places are truly nightmares – Waterford Lakes in particular is ridiculous.

If you can sell most of your furniture up there and replace it here I would do that; moving a house full of furniture will cost a fortune – thousands. Renting a trailer to tow behind your car is the cheapest way to move by far. Unlike U-haul trucks, the trailers aren’t charged by the mile; only the day. The truck might cost you $800 and it’s a nightmare to drive cross-country. The trailer will cost more like $80 – and you’ll get your own car down there as well. Trailer hitches can also be rented.

New and used furniture is available all over the place – again, check classified ads. I bought a full Scan-Design living room set in mint condition for $400 from an older couple who got tired of looking at it. It had been $5000 when they bought it new 10 years before. Look for stuff to buy in the Orlando craigslist, but also the Orlando Sentinel: for-sale ads for stuff under $100 are free in the paper and orlandosentinel.com. A LOT of stuff is selling for less than $100. Avoid rent-to-own; they are all rip-offs.

Pack what you can in your car or trailer – carry the heaviest stuff you can fit, as well as electronics and fragile stuff. Ship the bulky stuff (clothing, etc.) via parcel post or UPS Ground. You can tell UPS or Fedex Ground to hold it at the depot if you don’t yet have a place to deliver it, and pick it up at your liesure.

Do what you’d normally do auto-wise before a long road trip – get it checked out. Central Florida’s summers are hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms a daily occurrence. Put emphasis on A/C and cooling system – get your radiator flushed and refilled, check hoses and belts and wiper blades. Practice driving with the trailer; your car will behave very differently. Pick up a map of central Florida during your visit – all gas stations and convenience stores sell them. Make sure you buy a plastic-coated one for durability.

When you drive, get on Interstate 75 and take it all the way to Wildwood, FL, then take the Florida Turnpike to state road 408 into Orlando. Stop overnight at a discount motel somewhere halfway – do NOT try to drive all the way in one day. I recommend the Knoxville area.

Settle in to your new home before you make any decision about cell phone carrier – your present carrier might have a dead spot right on top of it.

If you are a member of any club or religious group, find some chapters local to metro Orlando and contact them. They can help you learn the lay of the land quickly, and you’ll be able to make some friends quickly. There are many social organizations here; you need to pick one that suits your interest. Got MySpace or FaceBook? Use them to contact groups in Central Florida – there’s a bunch.

Welcome to The City Beautiful!

Thomas asks…

Things I want to know about Orlando Florida?

These are some questions I am looking to find out about Orlando before I move there in a few months.
How hard is it to find a job down there.

Would a photographer get work

How hard is it to find an apartment, Do landlords do extensive back ground checks that cost a fortune or can u pretty much go look at place and move in the next day

Alligators and Snakes and Scorpions… worried about my animals. I know gators live mostly in or around bodys of water but how likely am I to see one in Orlando? as far as snakes I know there are Black Racers all over the place. do they get inside your home? im just afraid to find snakes in my closets ha ha

Alot of these apartments, condos and town homes I see on the internet look so beautiful and well taken care of and so cheap compared to vermont. Is it really true that u can live in a gated community with a pool and in a 2 bedroom condo for 800 a month? or is that too good to be true?

whats the cost of living there? how much does a normal grocery trip cost?

how much is the average person paying in electricity sewer and hot water every month? here in vermont we pay eletric and gas and thats all . no water or sewer. so thats weird to me and I have to put it in my budget. lol

THESE ARE ALL THE QUESTIONS I HAVE FOR NOW. THANKS FOR READING AND TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER

Administrator answers:

Jobs: Florida has close to the highest unemployment in the US. It is very difficult to find a job. If you do, it won’t pay much. Wages are among the lowest for almost any occupation compared to to the rest of the US. It’s all supply and demand. There are far too many people looking for work than jobs here. Many seniors are willing to work for minimum wage just to get out of the house. Same with students who just want a little spending cash. Employers don’t need to pay more because they have no lack of applicants at minimum, offer part time no benefits.

Rentals: Yes they are cheap. The housing market in Florida collapsed. It is also among the hardest hit in the US. 20% of homes are somewhere in the foreclosure process. Many owe far more on their mortgage than what the home is worth, so they don’t pay the mortgage. This is where you have to be careful. Almost all landlords who are not in foreclosure will want to check you out. Be careful of landlords that will just take your money, no credit check, just let you move in. Some just collect your rent, don’t pay the mortgage, the bank repo’s it and you are evicted. Now you need to find another place quick and move again. It’s happening, don’t let it happen to you.

The cost of living depends. You have lower housing cost, but also lower wages, if you can find work. I don’t know specifically about photographers, but I can’t see how that could be immune to the economic mess Florida is in. Please keep in mind that over 1000 people a day move there, but over a 1000 people a day leave there also. Usually a lot poorer than they arrived. I’m not saying don’t go, just check things out and do what you think is best. Good luck!

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