What You Should Know About Relocating to Orlando

If you’re considering the move to Orlando, Florida, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that the city has consistently placed high on quality-of-life surveys. It ranked 17th on’s 2019 list of “Best Places to Live in the US” and 3rd on WalletHub’s list of “Best Cities in America for Employment.” Orlando has a strong economy and a booming job market. The cost of living (especially rent) is a little on the higher side, but there are some great (and surprisingly affordable) housing options available for those who know where to look.

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Orlando at a Glance

Orlando is the third-largest city in Florida, with a metro population of nearly 2.4 million people. Those with a penchant for the tradition of spring-summer-fall-winter might be put off by the fact that Orlando has basically two seasons—May to September (hot and humid) and October to April (warm and dry). Temperatures in the summer often get up in the 90s while winter temperatures often hover around the 70s. With 233 sunny days each year, Orlando is definitely a draw for those who enjoy outdoor activities. For those who aren’t tempted by the thought of kayaking the Winter Park Chain of Lakes or biking/jogging the pet friendly trails, there are more than a dozen theme parks (including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, and Legoland) to keep you busy.

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Best Places to Live in Orlando

When looking for the best place to live in Orlando, you may find that you are spoiled for choice. Hopefully, our Orlando Neighborhoods page can help you narrow down your options. And when you’re ready to start your apartment search in earnest, Smart City Locating is ready to step in and help.

Q : What do I do if I have to move in and start work by a certain date, but I’m not able to visit Orlando beforehand?

A : No worries! All of our agents offer video and/or Facetime tours so you can actually see where you’ll be living before signing anything. Leasing a unit sight unseen can be stressful, but we’re here to ease your mind and make it convenient for you. Our locators will send you pictures/videos of the unit (so you can show your best friends and start mapping out your furniture), and if you have specific priorities like the ability to fit your sneaker collection in the closet or whether the unit has a wine cooler, let us know so we can be sure to check it out for you!

Q : I need to move to Orlando 5 months from now, are you guys able to help?

A : This is a big one. While we can definitely start narrowing down potential neighborhoods and apartments, we won’t truly be able to start the search process until we’re about 60 days away from move in because that’s when we can get accurate info on availability and pricing.

Q : What if I am coming to Orlando for only one or two days to look at apartments?

A : This is our full time job! If you’re coming in on a Saturday, just let your agent know and we can have updated availability and pricing for you to look over before you come. We love touring out-of-towners because we get to show off how much we love this city. We can show you the different neighborhoods, best bars to meet new people, and definitely our favorite restaurants–we’re all foodies around here!

Q : What neighborhood should I live in?

A : This one is actually tough because there are so many different neighborhoods that we love!! Some of our favorites include Downtown, Lake Buena Vista, and Windermere. But ultimately there are a lot of other factors that determine which neighborhood is best for you including your budget, work location, what you like to do for fun, and more! Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to ask you all the right questions to ensure you choose an area you’re confident in.

Q : How do I set up electricity/utilities?

A : Each property is different, so you’ll want to be sure to check out your Welcome Home Letter. The most common providers are Duke Energy, Orlando Utilities Commission, Kissimmee Utility Authority, or Progress Energy. Our concierge team is here to help with everything on your move-in checklist, including utilities, internet, and renters insurance. This is just another free service to thank you for choosing Smart City!

Q : What movers should I use?

A : Reach out to the Smart City Concierge team by calling or texting 407-362-5463 and we’ll connect you with the movers we partner with!

Q : What are my transportation options?

A : LYNX provides transportation by bus throughout the Orlando, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake Counties.

LYMMO Downtown Circulator is a fare-free circulator that provides convenient access to restaurants, retail, and offices throughout Downtown.

The SunRail is a commuter rail system that goes from DeBary (Volusia County) to Poinciana (Osceola County) and has 16 stations; 4 of them being in Orlando.

Q : Are pets allowed?

A : Orlando is pretty dog-friendly, specific neighborhoods very much so! The majority of apartments will allow non-aggressive dogs as roommates (with a deposit and/or monthly fees). If you have an “aggressive” breed (we use quotations because we know your pitbull is probably very sweet) then your options will be more limited–but they do still exist!

Q : What do deposits and upfront costs look like for renting in Orlando?

A : Deposits vary depending on the property but average anywhere from $250-$500 (sometimes higher if there are credit issues). You can also expect to pay a $50-$100 application fee per person, as well as varying admin fees. We’re pretty good at finding deals though, so you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $500 total for application and move-in fees if you have good credit.

Q : Fridge, Microwave, Parking?

A : Luckily in Orlando, refrigerators are almost always a sure thing and it’s rare to find a unit without a microwave–but they are out there. Parking relies heavily on location and is typically either a parking garage (most commonly Downtown) or open parking. Some properties collect additional fees for multiple cars, so be sure it ask your agent if you’re bringing more than one.

Q : Do you offer furnished and/or short term leases?

A : The Smart City Concierge team works to take the guesswork and inconveniences out of moving, so that you can easily go from leasing, to moving, to living. We’re happy to connect you with our partner services for furniture rental, CORT. They even offer our clients a special discount!

As for short-term leases, the minimum lease term we work with is 6 months, but pricing is usually MUCH higher for short-term leases–sometimes even double the rate! We always tell people that if they’re planning on moving here for at least a year, it’s worth it to sign a 12-month lease and save the money!

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