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Tampa Moving Guide

The step-by-step guide to simplify your Tampa Bay move.

Transitioning to a new city can be very stressful to say the least. There are so many things to juggle between arranging for the sale of your existing place, scheduling movers, securing a new job, getting the kids enrolled in a new school, obtaining your new driver’s license, locating a new family doctor and dentist, and the list goes on and on… For your convenience, below is my step-by-step checklist of items to guide you once you’re under contract on your new Tampa bay home.

My Checklist for future Tampa Bay residents.

( INITIAL planning stage )

  • Come Visit Tampa Bay
    There's no better way than to experience the sights and sounds of Tampa Bay than to visit!   Bring your beach gear, the kiddos, and come check out our beautiful white-sand beaches, visit our theme parks and attractions and experience our local dining scene. If you plan to fly into Tampa International Airport, which is just west of downtown Tampa, click the link below to search available flights and times. Search Flights
  • Connect with Me!
    Once you know the exact days you’ll be in town, your next step is to connect with me. I look forward to meeting you! Once I learn what types of properties you're seeking, as well as your price point, we can start looking at all options available to you via phone and email. Then, when you arrive here in town, I can arrange for property showings around your schedule.
( AFTER your offer is accepted )

  • Begin Planning Your Move
    Once an offer is accepted on your new home, a closing date will be set. This is when you can officially take possession of your new home. If you’re a planner person like me, you’ll definitely want to start planning your move and begin deciding what items you’ll be bringing. I also recommend contacting movers right away to find out their respective costs and schedule. Also, if you need to list your current home for sale, I’m glad to refer you to a professional Realtor in your home town.
  • Arrange for Your New Utilities
    As a rule of thumb, it’s typically a good idea to start reaching out to your new utility companies a couple weeks ahead of your scheduled move-in date. This allows the utility companies plenty of time to schedule a service call for any setup services or equipment that may be needed. I’ve listed our local Hillsborough county utility providers below for your convenience.
    Electric Utility Co.
    (813) 223-0800
    Gas Utility Co.
    (877) 832-6747
    Cable TV/Internet
    (877) 852-4981
  • Enroll the Kids in School
    If you're moving to Tampa Bay and you have kids, you’ll definitely want to get them enrolled within the Hillsborough County School District. For your convenience, I have included the link to find out the elementary, middle and high school closest to your new Tampa Bay residence.
    Locate Your New School
    Hillsborough County - New Student Enrollment
  • Get Registered to Vote
    It's your civic duty to vote. You'll definitely want to register to vote as a new resident of Hillsborough County. Below is the link to register.
    Register to Vote.
  • Register to Drive in Florida
    This action is only required if you’re moving to Tampa Bay from out of state. As part of being a brand new Floridian, you will need to establish your Florida driver's license as well as register your vehicle with the state. I've include the links below.
    Hillsborough County - Get Your Drivers License
    Hillsborough County - New Vehicle Registration
  • Find a Tampa Bay Doctor and Dentist
    When moving to a new area, it's important to locate a good family doctor and dentist when you need healthcare services or regular check-ups. Below is a great web site I recommend which will help you locate your new Tampa Bay care providers. Even if your new Tampa employer provides for a specified list of providers, you can still search and read patient reviews.

Natalie Wetherington


Your Tampa Relocation Expert


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