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10 Tips in Moving To Sarasota, Florida – Tips from Sunshine Movers


Congratulations!  You are just getting started with your new exciting adventure of getting your family moved to Sarasota, on the west coast of Florida.  The most pristine and number one rated beaches in the U.S. await you, along with exciting academic and cultural opportunities, extensive hiking trails, excellent parks and schools, a beautiful spring training facility, wide selection of shopping venues, farmers' markets, vibrant synagogues and churches, and much more!  There is so much to love about Sarasota.  

If you have just arrived in Sarasota and have purchased your home, have your taxes and insurance covered, and handled any condo or homeowner association fees, there are still some tasks that will still need to be addressed.  The following are 10 of the more important ones.  

Tasks After Relocating to Sarasota

  1. Connect cable, phone, utilities, etc. Florida Power and Light handle electrical service for Sarasota County.  Call 800-226-3545.  Give Teco People Gas System a call at 877-832-6747, if your new house is equipped for receiving gas service.  For Sarasota County water and sewer services, call 941-955-2325.  For phone service, choose from available phone companies based on what your individual needs are.

  2. Enroll your kids in school. Residents of Sarasota may come from various types of education, including neighborhood-based schools along with several alternative schools, a military school (Sarasota Military Academy), gifted programs (at Pine View) and a school specializing in the arts (Booker).  A child is required to be five years old by September to enroll in kindergarten, and six years old to join in first graded (and have attended kindergarten first).  You need to bring the following to the school for enrollment: proof of residency, your child's physical exam taken within the last six month, immunization records and birth certificate.

  3. Put in your change of address with the U.S. post office. You can either do it online at www.usps.com or visit your local post office.

  4. Contact service providers such as lawn services. Ask for assistance with this ahead of time from your Buyers Agent, or you can wait until you have moved in and then check with your neighbors.  That is an excellent way to meet new people, and they will be happy to provide you with references.

  5. Find medical services for your family as well as your pets. Your agent is a good place to start for this as well.  You might need to try out several different medical providers before you decide on the one that suits your needs the best.  You can check online for comments and reviews on those that you are considering.  There are some internationally-renowned physicians in several different fields in Sarasota, including the Kennedy White Orthopedic Center that treats joint conditions and diseases, DaSilva Institute that provides anti-aging therapies and Silverstein Institute that treats hearing disorders.

  6. Register your vehicles. New residents of Florida have ten days have enrolling kids in school or gaining employment to get their cars registered. Take in your previous title and registration, proof of Florida car insurance and your current driver's license.  Also, have your VIN with you and be prepared to be impressed with the wide selection of Florida plates that are available for you to choose from. You will need to apply to get a Florida Title Certificate as well.  The Sarasota Tax Commission handles this.  For more information and locations call 941-861-8300.

  7. You must obtain a Florida Drivers License within 30 days of filing for a homestead exemption, registering to vote, enrolling your children in a public school or accepting employment. Bring your previous drivers license in and take the vision test.  For more information, call 941-861-8300.

  8. Find places where you can shop for items for your new house. Sarasota has everything you need, whether you are looking for bargains, appliance stores, or full-service, high-end furniture stores.  There also plenty of auction houses and consignment shops loaded with little-used, high-quality furnishing, from some of the most prestigious homes in the area. As singles and couples are looking to downsize, they frequently turn to auctions, consignment stores, and estate sales.

  9. Find restaurants to try out. There is something for everyone, whether you are looking for Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Sushi, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Amish or American. Go online to find your ideal meal, whether it is for a celebration, takeout or dine-in meal.

  10. Visit the Beach: Lido, Longboat, Turtle, Siesta. Try them all out! Sand, surf, and sand are all highlights of the Sarasota lifestyle.  You will start to think that it feels like you are on vacation every single day, but you live there!

Author: John Meyers