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What You Should Know Before Moving to West Palm Beach

Father playing with his kids after moving to West Palm Beach

What’s not to love about West Palm Beach, FL? This sun-drenched city in Palm Beach County is known for world-class golf, upscale shopping, and stunning 1920s Mediterranean-style architecture.

Now that you’ve finally made the decision to live in this sought after community, here’s what you need to know about relocating.

Work with a reputable moving company

Only work with a moving company that is insured and fully licensed with Palm Beach County, the State of Florida, and U.S. Department of Transportation. Make sure that all their employees are professional movers who are properly trained, uniformed, and background checked, and who will handle your belongings with care.

If you’re in-between homes, look for a moving company that provides storage room for your belongings. Inquire about temperature-controlled storage rooms for antiques, leather goods, and art pieces to protect your belongings from damage.

Process your paperwork

One of the most important legal documents you need to file is the Declaration of Domicile, which indicates Florida as your place of residence and the place where you intend to maintain your principal home. This document also declares that you are a bona fide Florida resident.

Download the form here. You can also get a copy from the local Comp & Controller office.

After filling the form, head to a Clerk’s office location so that your information can be recorded.

Don’t forget to bring a valid ID to get your document notarized. Commonly accepted forms of legal identification include:

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Passport issued by the Department of State of the United States

You must pay a recording fee as well as an additional fee for signature verification. Fees can be made with credit card, cash, check, or money order.

Purchase rabies license tags for your pets

In Palm Beach County, cats and dogs over the age of 4 months must wear a rabies license tag to be purchased each year from local veterinarians, Animal Care and Control (ACC), or the Palm Beach County online portal.

Cats must be sterilized by the age of 4 months with the exception of pedigreed cats that are registered with the American Cat Fanciers Association, and if you have a valid breeding permit issued by ACC.

When purchasing a tag for a non-sterilized dog or pedigreed cat in PBC, you are agreeing that your pets will not be used for breeding without the necessary breeder permits. If you intend to breed animals in the county, you must purchase a breeder permit from ACC as already mentioned.

Free rabies tags and vaccinations for sterilized pets are available for residents on public assistance.

Discuss taxation with your accountant

Being a Florida resident entitles you to certain tax benefits. There is no state or income tax, which allows homeowners to save up to thousands of dollars on their tax bill. To be on the safe side, talk to your accountants and financial advisors about becoming a Florida resident and how this might impact your tax responsibilities.

Choose a golf club

West Palm Beach is famed for its country club lifestyle. Nothing embodies the casual elegance of Florida living quite like The Club at Ibis, for example. With so many premier country clubs and golf communities in the city, choosing is the hard part.

The Telchin Group can offer guidance on Ibis Golf and Country Club HOA fees and other factors affecting your decision. Contact them today for more information.

Decide where to keep your boat

Bringing your boat or thinking of getting one? PBC offers access to the Atlantic, Gulf Stream, Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Okeechobee, and Lake Mangonia for world-class boating and fishing. In addition, the county provides access to nearly four inlets and 45 miles of immaculate shoreline with slips and launches for just about every boat size.

The Intracoastal Waterway, in particular, is home to many full-service marinas with waterfront restaurants and docking space for avid boaters.

Keep an eye out for special offers

West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas are known for their luxury resorts, which offer a wide range of golf and spa packages. These resorts offer discounts and other perks to bona fide residents, such as a 10% discount on car services or a free extra night on your next staycation.

Keep an eye out for these offers on their online portal.

Outside of the luxury resorts and golf clubs, you’ll find that there are many free things to do in West Palm Beach, such as hiking and paddle boarding at the marshes in Winding Waters or riding the trolley for a tour of downtown.

Moving to West Palm Beach, FL is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Get insider information on the city and other nearby communities when you contact The Telchin Group . You can also reach Eric Telchin at 561.301.0249 and EricTelchin(at)Hotmail(dotted)com. The team is deeply entrenched in Ibis and West Palm Beach, FL. They can offer access to exclusive listings and information on schools, gyms, businesses, and recreation.

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