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Moving to Florida?

As a peninsula, the state of Florida has miles and miles of coastline. If you’ve ever wanted to wake up with the sea air in your nose and enjoy a morning swim, Florida is perfect for you. Renting a home in Florida is easy and surprisingly affordable. Why buy expensive plane tickets for vacations when you can relocate to the Sunshine State and escape to your own backyard?

 

Get Ready to Host Out-of-Town Visitors

Whether you live in the panhandle to the west, the central confines of Orlando or the Caribbean-style beaches of Miami and the Keys, a rental property in Florida is a destination in itself. Spring-break locales like Panama City Beach and Pensacola, family-friendly Disney World, the Spanish forts in Saint Augustine and elsewhere, or the trendy nightlife of South Beach make for a home that everyone will want to come and see. The numerous landmarks and attractions will keep you and your visitors busy, and the southern calm of the state means you won’t mind a glass of lemonade as you watch the world go by from your front porch, either.

State Laws and Home Maintenance

Florida’s renter rights are straightforward and helpful. The best way to become familiar with rent requirements, deposits and so on is to read your lease thoroughly prior to appending your signature. Florida’s humid weather can cause premature wear and tear on your belongings, so cleaning your home regularly is important. As well, keep your own property—car, home electronics and so on—in working order. Your landlord will likely be prepared to fix a leaky roof, water in the basement, and other problems common to houses for rent in the Florida climate.

Preparations for First-Timers

Living in a state as unique as Florida naturally has issues that a renter new to the state should know about. For example, just as Californians learn what to do in an earthquake, Floridians prepare for extreme weather, such as hurricanes and flooding. Although this may seem like an bit off-putting factor for newcomers, rest assured that the state and local governments of Florida are well prepared to help. Buying renter’s insurance, a wise decision for tenants of any state, may be more important in Florida.

Florida is home to wildlife you won’t find elsewhere in the U.S. It’s true that golfers may have to skip a hole on account of the alligators-in-the-water hazard! While the various fauna of the state can cause a nuisance, they are part of the beautiful natural landscape that you can enjoy every time you open your door. From orchids that bloom nowhere else in the world, to whale watching from the comfort of your beach chair, Florida offers amazing experiences everywhere.

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