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Things to Know When Moving to Pensacola, Florida

Things to Know When Moving to Pensacola, Florida

So, the new place to hang your hat is Pensacola, Florida and your new digs includes an unfamiliar neighborhood, schools, stores, weather, snowbirds and more. You will become familiar with your new surroundings in no time at all and Stewart Moving & Storage will guide you through the process.

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Stewart Moving and Storage is here to help and not only offer you a free quote and Move Coordinator, but they offer answers to those questions that only a local can know.


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The first thing you should do is research a local moving company that has been in business for at least ten years, confirming the local Pensacola moving company is in good standings with the Better Business Bureau (Click here for high quality movers!).

Look no further than Stewart Moving and Storage.

Stewart Moving and Storage has operated a full-service facility located in Pensacola, Florida – with over 20 years of dedicated moving services with their headquarters established in Midlothian, Virginia.

They are a local reputable moving company with a Better Business Bureau A+ accredited service. There are not many moving companies in Pensacola that can boast these A+ ratings – actions clearly speak louder than words.

Now onward and upward – here are a few things to know about your new city – Pensacola, Florida.


Becoming An Official Floridian Resident

 You will need to apply for a Florida Driver’s License and the good news is if you already have a driver’s license from a different state – you do not need to complete a driving test.

Your car insurance should be updated with your new address and don’t forget to register your car(s). It’s important to contact your vehicle insurance company and the local tax collection office to update your title, registration and car insurance info within ten days of your move.

You may need to speak with a tax advisor in regards to filing taxes in two different states – that is – if you have earned income in your old and new state throughout the same year. Being different states usually do not have the same tax rules, advice from a tax professional would be wise.


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More Tips to Keep in Mind

 There are many snowbirds – defined as elderly people who move to Florida during the winter months – who have a “to do” list. Stewart Moving and Storage would like to share with you some of those important tasks.

Establish residency in Florida – especially if you are coming from a state with higher income taxes like New York. You may even be able to avoid income tax payments in your original state, as long as you live more than 183 days in Florida. You would need to file a Declaration of Domicile in Florida, which is necessary documentation to verify Florida is now your primary residence.

Should you be out of Florida during the hurricane season, it is important to install hurricane shutters on your home before you leave.


Florida Schools

 Quality education is of high importance to parents and your zip code can make all the difference in the world. You may then be faced with choosing to send your child to private or public school. Do your research before you pick a neighborhood and know your options.

Here are a few of the large Florida Public School Districts


  • St. John’s County School District
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Duval County Public Schools


In regards to colleges, Florida is home to some top universities. Here are a few:


  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • Florida State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology


Some Additional Perks of Living in Pensacola


  •   No state income tax
  •   World class beaches & outdoor events
  •   Lower housing costs
  •   Warm all year round
  •   Many communities dedicated to snowbirds & retirees


Stewart Moving and Storage would like to wish you a successful move and hope these tips will be beneficial to your upcoming move day.