5 Tips for People Moving to Boca Raton | Moving to Boca Raton

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Shoveling your sidewalk of snow for the umpteenth time? Did your pipes freeze overnight? We can guarantee that these are not problems you’ll encounter in sunny Florida. In a most unsurprising survey, most of the people we polled said that the weather was why most people were moving to Florida and Boca Raton. There is something to be said about Boca living and its perpetual Spring/Summer. When you’re ready to make the move to our blissful high tropics, here are 5 tips for our future neighbors moving to Boca Raton!

 #1: Check the Elevation

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Every Floridian will tell you, be prepared for the rainy season. Nearly every afternoon from May to September will see a thunderstorm or two below through your neighborhood, before breezing off into the Atlantic. With these daily deluges, street flooding can go from a minor nuisance to a full-on stranding if you are driving in anything shorter than a crossover. With that being said, take note of the elevation of your house or first-story condo/apartment concerning the road or any body of water (canal, pond, etc.) check the city or county’s website for their flood zone maps. You’ll be glad you did when your first hurricane rolls in.

 #2: Hurricanes – You’ll Get Used to Them

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Hurricanes are tremendous forces of nature with winds that can reach up to 175mph. They can certainly put a damper on your Boca living but fear not. You and many others moving to Boca Raton may have them on your minds, but the first thing you do is make a plan. Always have enough food and water for 3 days for each member of your family, at the start of hurricane season. If you can invest in storm shutters, please do so as soon as possible, as an installation in a pinch will be all but impossible when the next Category 3 storm is on its way. If you only have outdoor parking, check your municipal government, as many will open up their parking garages for residents to secure their vehicles inside. Hurricanes cross over Florida for up to 12 hours and pass, leaving behind property damage and power outages. From then on, you’ll only have to stave off the boredom and the heat before life comes back to normal a week later. After your first storm, you’ll become a real pro.

#3: Places Close Early in Boca Raton

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If you’re looking for an all-night party, best to drive an hour south to Miami Beach. La Vida Loca may be the reason why many people are moving to Florida, but Boca living has a much slower pace. While bars stay open late into the night, the majority of restaurants will close their doors by 10:00 pm.

 #4: Check the HOA

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Before you move to any development, check the vibe of the neighborhood. Get out of your comfort zone and wave to your would-be neighbors and ask your broker if there is an HOA. Sadly, the “condo commando” stereotype does not only exist in re-runs of Seinfeld and remains a salient facet of life in our little piece of paradise. Think hard on your choice of home if the list of HOA infractions is longer than your Amazon wish list.

#5: You Can Turn Right on Red 

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This may not be the main reason why people are moving to Florida, but it very well could be. One of the best things about living in Boca Raton and Florida is that the development of our roadways and municipalities started relatively late compared to the rest of the country. Our great state benefitted from the trial-and-error approach to road building that the earliest metropolitan areas engaged in – and we learned from all their annoying failures. Our boulevards are wide, our highways straight and you can turn right on red. Instead of waiting 3 to 4 minutes for the light to turn green, you need only rely on perpendicular traffic flow and the boldness of the driver ahead of you. With an average time savings of 2 to 3 minutes, useful years of your life can be restored by moving to Boca Raton!

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