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7 Things to Know Before Moving to Florida

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Homes Built for Hurricanes

Widely known as the Sunshine State, Florida is a popular destination for snowbirds and full-time residents alike seeking year-round warm weather and a laid-back lifestyle. However, before packing your bags and making the move, there are several things you should know about living in Florida so that you know what to expect.


While the state is well-known for having a tropical climate, keep in mind that the northern parts of Florida do tend to get colder in the winter, with the northernmost region experiencing more distinct seasons, even occasionally seeing light snow in the winter!


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Florida is home to many species of wildlife, including several that exclusively call the Sunshine state home, such as manatees, gopher tortoises and a huge array of birds including the magestic Sandhill Crane. However, along with the gentle and innocuous creatures, there are also many that are not as friendly. Watch out of alligators, sharks and poisonous snakes which abound on the peninsula. It's important to educate yourself on local wildlife and take precautions to coexist safely, especially if you plan to live near natural habitats.


Florida is a true melting pot of cultures, creating a diverse and vibrant atmosphere. There are many opportunities to embrace and explore the variety of cuisines, traditions, and festivals the state has to offer.


Florida offers a wide range of fun activities, ranging from exciting water sports to hiking, golfing, wildlife observation and more. Residents and tourists alike enjoy taking in the natural landscapes and exploring the numerous recreational opportunities available.


All of the aforementioned features make Florida a tourist magnet, particularly in metropolitan cities like Orlando, Miami, and Tampa. Plan for tourist traffic, especially during peak vacation seasons, and be prepared for crowded attractions.


Yes, Florida is prone to hurricanes, especially during the months from June to November. Familiarizing yourself with hurricane preparedness, evacuation routes, and local emergency resources will help to ensure your safety during these storms.


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One major perk of living in Florida for working or retired individuals is that there’s no state income tax. This can significantly impact your overall financial situation, making it an attractive destination for many.

Preparing for your move

It’s understandable that so many people flock to Florida every year – permanently or otherwise. If you’re considering moving to the Sunshine State, it’s advisable (and comparable in price) to build a home rather than searching for existing inventory. Not only are new homes built with better materials and safer building code requirements, they’ll stand up to hurricanes better than older homes and you’ll rest easy knowing that your home is built specifically for you and your family’s needs.

Contact Capitol Homes today to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We can help you obtain a rental home to stay in during the construction of your new home as well as educate you on all aspects of new homeownership in Florida.

Capitol Homes are Built Florida Strong

At Capitol Homes, we’re committed to crafting homes that can stand up to even the most intense hurricane seasons. Our experts use the industry’s best products and methods to achieve durable builds that keep our customers safe. 

If you’re ready to explore building a hurricane-proof custom home in South Florida, we encourage you to reach out to our team, or pay a visit to one of our model homes. We’ll be happy to walk you through all of the measures we take to build some of the toughest homes on the market!