You’ve decided made Miami your new home? Well, kudos! The Magic City holds a lot of opportunities and is slowly becoming a significant business hub. And if you want to enjoy those opportunities, and avoid unnecessary inconveniences here are a few hints on how to start living in Miami.
The first thing that you will notice when you start living in Miami, is that it’s very diverse. A big percentage of the population is Latin, and the culture of the city shows it. There are stores, services and even whole neighborhoods where Spanish, not English, is used in everyday conversation. Even in schools, there is a lot of emphasis on studying books by Latin authors, and general studying of diversity and minorities is highly promoted. Another thing to notice when going through the neighborhoods are the drastic changes in living conditions in adjacent neighborhoods. It is not uncommon to have million dollar mansions down the street from extremely poor makeshift houses. Unfortunately, while the city provides a lot of opportunities, there are a lot of people who missed theirs, so there is an uncomfortably large number of both poor and homeless people.
Cost of living in Miami
You will need to figure out how much money you will need before you start living in Miami. Average rent for a normal household is around $1.643 and you can expect utilities, food, and other living expenses to sum up to $995 per month. So you are looking at $2.638 that you will need every month. Of course, this figure can vary depending on your lifestyle, but when budgeting, it’ always a good idea to over budget instead of under budget. This will be vital to keep in mind when looking for a job. Also, when job hunting keeps in mind the current business trends and flourishing businesses. Maybe your skills can be better utilized and yield you a better paycheck if they are applied to a more trending area of business. And if you are starting a business, consider why your business should be in Miami. Best thing would be to find some service or product that is needed in Miami but is not yet placed on the market.
Finding a home
As we said, Miami’s population is very diverse and neighborhoods can vastly differ from one to another. Therefore, studying and finding out what area of Miami is right for you before you move is always a smart idea. If you are comfortable with using Spanish, you can settle in a more Latin area where rents might be lower, but if you are looking for a more upscale housing environment, expect to pay for it. It might look like an interesting idea to get a beach home once you get to Miami. Living on the beach has its perks, but it also has some less expected downsides that can tip the scale. Finding an affordable home that is just right for you can be a difficult task, but settling in and not having to move once you find it, is a blessing and very worthy of effort and time.
Miami is a huge metropolis. There are many places to visit, and many interesting things to try out. From ethnic foods to fun festivals, it’s hard to find yourself with nothing to do. But, with being a big city, comes a big stress level. High pace vibe is very much a thing in Miami. And it is not cheap. There will be things to do, but you may find yourself with funds lacking to afford them. Pacing yourself at the beginning can save you from unnecessary impulsive expenses. There are nice people you can find, but unfortunately, the big city vibe has made the residents of Miami very superficial, shallow and rude. Everybody is in a rush, and they are never on time. If you are not careful, you might find yourself becoming one of them.
Moving to Miami
Before you start your life in Miami, you should make preparations so that your move is easy on you as possible. As with everything, there is a right way to do it, and a wrong way. The right way is always easier in the long term. Here are a few tips to avoid beginners mistakes.
When packing for your move, be mindful and careful. Give yourself time to pack everything properly and label each packing container. If possible, avoid transporting unnecessary stuff. When in doubt whether something is necessary or not, throw it away. Carry only the things you know are necessary. It will save you on both money and time required to transport them.
Picking a moving company that is right for you is vital. Starting your life in Miami will be stressful, and avoiding all the potential headaches that a bad moving company can give you, is smart men move. Some companies offer both packing and moving services, and that will cost you less than hiring specific companies for packing and for moving. Find out what is right for your situation.
When you start living in Miami
It will be new, stressful and hard. But all beginnings are. Give yourself time and settle yourself. Solving your financial and residential situation is primary, but once you got that squared out, take it slow. Explore Miami. Meet people. There will be bad ones to get away from, but there will be good ones to make your life a Miami adventure. Just don’t lose yourself in that sunny, metropolitan jungle.
- Am I ok with living in Miami?
- How did I change since I started living in Miami?
- What are the things I can improve?
From time to time, sit on the beach and ask yourself those questions. Answers will keep you grounded, and not let the hustle and bustle of a big city take you to someplace that you didn’t want to go.