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Sarasota Moving Guide

The step-by-step guide to simplify your Sarasota move.

Going through a transitional state when you're moving to a new place can be very stressful. There's so many things to juggle between selling your existing place, arranging for movers, securing new employment, getting the kids enrolled in a new school, obtaining your new drivers license, locating a new doctor and dentist, and the list goes on… For your convenience, below is a step-by-step checklist of items to guide you once you are under contract on your new Sarasota residence.

My Checklist for future Sarasota residents.

( INITIAL planning stage )

  • Come Visit Sarasota
    There is no better way than to experience the sights and sounds of Sarasota than to visit us!  Bring your beach towel, the kids, and come check out our beautiful area beaches, visit some of the local attractions and then experience our local cuisine. If you are flying into our Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, which is just a short 10-minute commute from downtown, click the link below to search available flights and costs. Search Flights
  • Connect with Me!
    Once you know the days you’ll be in town, you'll want to connect with me. I look forward to meeting you! Once I learn what type of property you're looking for, as well as your specific criteria and budget, we can start looking at the options available to you over email and phone. Then, when you arrive in town, I can arrange for property viewings around your schedule.
( AFTER your offer is accepted )

  • Begin Planning Your Move
    Once your offer is accepted on your new home, a closing date will be established. This is the day which you can officially take possession of your new residence. If you are planner like me, you will definitely want to start planning your move and decide what exactly you’ll be bringing. Begin reaching out to movers right away to find out their respective costs and availability. Also, should you need to list your current home for sale, I am glad to refer you to a professional Realtor in your home town.
  • Arrange for Your Utilities
    As a general rule, it is typically a good idea to start reaching out to utility companies at least a couple weeks ahead of you're moving in. This enables the utility companies sufficient time to schedule a service visit for any equipment and/or setup services that are needed. I've listed our local utility providers below for your convenience.
    Electric Utility Co.
    (800) 226-3545
    Gas Utility Co.
    (877) 832-6747
    Cable TV/Internet
    (800) 921-8101
    Cable TV/Internet
    (941) 342-3531
  • Get the Kids Enrolled in School
    If you have children, you will definitely want to start the process of getting them enrolled and registered within the School District of Sarasota County. For your convenience, I’ve included the links to find out the elementary, middle and high school closest to your new Venice residence.
    Locate Your New School
    Sarasota County Schools - New Student Enrollment
  • Register to Vote
    It's your civic duty to get out and vote. As such, you'll definitely want to register to vote as a new resident of Sarasota County. Below is the link to do so.
    Register to Vote.
  • Register to Drive in Florida
    Please note that you will only need to complete this step if you're moving here from out of state. Being a new Floridian, you will need to establish your Florida driver's license and register your vehicle with the state. I've include the links below.
    Sarasota County - Get Your Drivers License
    Sarasota County - New Vehicle Registration
  • Find a Sarasota Doctor and Dentist
    It's always important to have a good family doctor and dentist when you need health care services or check-ups. Below is a great website I recommend to locate your new Sarasota care providers. Even if your new employer provides for a specified list of care providers, you can still search their patient reviews.

Julie Larson


Your Sarasota Relocation Expert


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