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Relocating From Canada To Sarasota

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Sarasota, Florida is a great destination location, attracting visitors from all over the country and abroad. With its award-winning white sand beaches, spectacular scenery, beautiful golf courses, many fine museums, entertainment, and dining, it's not only a wonderful place to vacation, but to live. Moving to Florida from Canada provides an opportunity to escape those frozen winters and enjoy so many terrific outdoor recreational activities. What's more, there's a lot of choice when it comes to find the right residential property. Single family homes, townhouses, condos, and villas can be found throughout the area. Relocating from Canada to Sarasota also gives you the ability to save money, while enjoying fantastic weather, month after month.

Relocating from Canada to Sarasota


Before immigrating to Florida from Canada, you'll probably visit the area at least a few times. You'll discover many great events and venues while you're in the Sunshine State. Take a stroll on the beach or sail on the Gulf of Mexico. Tee-up for a round of golf or take-in a performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center or The Sarasota Opera House. Explore the many places to shop for relaxing retail therapy or stroll through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. It's also a cinch to travel in and out of the area, and, you're not far from a variety of theme parks.

If you were offered a job in another city—or your current employer asked you to relocate—would you make the move? Some would say yes in a heartbeat, while others might struggle with the uncertainty that accompanies such a big change. According to MyMove.com’s Consumer Insights Study, which surveyed 8,000 consumers, including 6,300 who had either moved homes within the last 12 months or are planning to move within the next 12 months, a new job or transfer is consistently among the top five reasons that people move. About half of them (49%) relocated to another state or out of the country. --Forbes.com

If you're not ready to move down full-time, that's okay, there are many Canadians in Florida who purchase a vacation rental home and eventually relocate permanently. They generally stay between two and five months each year and after a few years, make Sarasota their permanent home. If you're seriously considering a move, you'll need to know the following basics about relocating from Canada to Sarasota:


  • Decide what to do with your RRSP. Of course, you want to do what's most beneficial to you with your RRSP; so, consult a professional about what to do with your Registered Retirement Savings Plan. You might be able to collapse it or have another option available.

  • Determine if you'll pay departure tax. Another critical financial component when relocating from Canada to Sarasota is to determine if you're a candidate to pay departure tax. Depending on your particular situation, you might be subject to pay departure tax, which makes it paramount to learn about the details.

  • Plan the long distance move. It's best to give yourself three to four months to plan your long distance move. This will provide you with ample time to get all the logistics worked out so you aren't rushed as moving day draws near. Get three quotes from reputable long distance moving services and compare each carefully to choose the best one.

  • Register your vehicle with the state of Florida. The state of Florida only gives you 10 days to register your vehicle. If you accept employment, register to vote, or reside in the area for more than six consecutive months, you're considered a resident of the Sunshine State. Whichever occurs first starts a 30 day clock to obtain a Florida driver's license.

  • Update all your accounts. Be sure to update your auto insurance, transfer any memberships and subscriptions, your bank accounts, and the like. Update your change of address with your wireless carrier and make preparations to have your medical records available, as well as prescription medication(s). In addition, you should schedule times for your utilities to be connected in your new home, including electric, water, cable and internet and so on.

  • File for homestead exemption. When you buy a home in the state, you'll certainly want to take advantage of the homestead exemption. There is no state income tax in Florida, and, property taxes are relatively low in Sarasota compared to many other highly desirable localities.

  • Obtain a green card. From the time you relocate from Canada to Sarasota, you have six months to take the next step toward permanent residence. You can receive a green card, if you are employed in the state or if an immediately family member already lives here.


There are several choices for living here, and, you can find a home in a location which best suits your lifestyle. You'll find Sarasota is quite diverse, so, you should become acquainted with all it has to offer.