Moving to Miami

Everything you need to know about
moving to Miami, and more.

Moving to Miami can be overwhelming. Miami-Dade County is huge. It is the overarching government body that covers all areas from Homestead on the south end to the Broward line in the north. This county encompasses many unincorporated areas, as well as 34 municipalities (cities like Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Pinecrest, Homestead, Doral etc). As a result, each area can be vastly different in services offered, crime, taxes, traffic, schools, cleanliness, pet-friendliness, affordability. Because of these huge differences between areas and cities, we recommend doing as much research as you can before deciding where the best location is for you, when moving to Miami.

Miami-Dade County has a great information friendly "311" customer service line. When you call, it's usually a very friendly and informative person at the other end. If they don't know an answer to your question, they know where to recommend you go for that answer. Try it out.  Also, Miami-Dade Schools has a wonderful website. If you have school age kids or plan to... the website offers the ability to learn about neighborhood schools, find the school for a specific address, learn about school choice and magnet programs available in an area, and so much more.

Miami-Dade County "311"
From Homestead to North Miami Beach... you can call Miami-Dade County's "311" for fast and easy information and help with services like trash pickup, water, stray animals, street lights and much more.

Miami-Dade Schools
Find neighborhood schools, information on magnet programs, volunteer opportunities, school grades, school lunches, application forms, more.

Because many incorporated municipalities have chosen to control their own utilities, it can sometimes be a little confusing at first. Again, call 311 and they can tell you what utility company services your area or address. But these (below) are the most common helpful links:


Florida Power & Light (FPL)


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If you're moving to Miami and into a condo or association... you'll probably need to schedule your move-in day ahead of time. If you attended an orientation in order to get your association approval... they probably handed you the move-in information you need. Restricted days? Need to pay security to use the elevator? Ask your landlord, your agent, check your association approval paperwork. You may need to call to schedule your move-in day and time up to a week in advance. Or pay a hefty fine!

When you have your move-in appointment... it will normally be with your agent or landlord. You will give them your move-in money (advance rent, security deposit), and they will hand you your keys.

At this time, you should take photos of the condition of the property. Especially have a photo and/or a written statement of any damage you see. Protect your security! Your security deposit it YOUR money. Make sure you don't get blamed for any damage that was there before you moved in! In this photo, the walls have existing nail holes and are a grey color.

Photograph/document the nail holes, so if you leave them - you aren't blamed later! Also, if you hate gray walls and want to paint them make sure to get WRITTEN permission beforehand!!

Avoid using screws and nails in walls.

Use Command

USE MOVE-IN PHOTOS when it's time to move out. Remind yourself what the property should look like. The condition should be the same as when you moved in OR BETTER, minus normal wear and tear. What's considered normal wear and tear? 

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