Tips for Navigating Homes Between Two Different States
Suppose you enjoy summer all year round, and you've made it your mission never to have to endure another cold, bleak winter again – because you desire to set up another home in a warmer state when winter rolls around again. At first, it might be tricky to learn how to live affordably in two different locations, especially when they're miles apart. Here are some helpful tips on how to make it work for you, presented by Blueprint Real Estate Advisors.
Keeping an eye on things while you're away
If you have a business or multiple businesses that you need to keep running while moving and living between states, it might be useful to use a registered agent to keep an eye on things when you're away. You will designate one as part of the process for how to start an LLC in Hawaii. You can make the most of the help available by outlining how major business processes are done so that your registered agent can keep an eye out for any irregularities or urgent matters that require your attention ASAP. Additionally, a registered agent can alert you to any tax notifications or lawsuits that could arise out of the blue, as they will be responsible for managing all your LLC documentation in this regard.
Of course, you must stock both homes adequately in terms of furniture, groceries, etc. You may also want to look into products or services that are going to protect the well-being of your family, especially if you're away often for work purposes. For example, perhaps your child has allergies, and you require indoor air quality monitors to ensure that the air within your home is as fresh and clean as possible, then be sure to read up on reviews about the product from unbiased sources to ensure you're getting a product that delivers safety-wise.
Minimizing your expenditure
Apart from ensuring you have everything you need in both places, you may also need to consider cutting down on costs and spending less money in places you don't need to. Furthermore, you can also look into which state is the least expensive in terms of cost of living expenses so you can choose where you would prefer to pay for auto and health insurance. However, it is important to note that your car should be registered in the state where you're going to be spending the majority of your time; otherwise, you may have to consider registering your car in both states if you're going to be spending time between the two states equally. Other things you can do to minimize expenditure include shopping more smartly, taking advantage of discounts, two-for-one specials, and even buying in bulk.
If your circumstances change
You should make a plan for your circumstances changing down the road. You may find that you no longer need to travel back and forth. In that case, you’ll need to decide between selling and renting the unused house. If you decide to rent it, have a plan for meeting your landlording obligations. If you have a pressing need for the proceeds of a sale, that may be your better option.
Things to think about before you move
- Storage options for storing your stuff away until a later date. If you're in the California area, these storage options can range from $103 upwards for a 5'x5' self-storage unit.
- If you're looking into getting a quality education for your kids, New York is rated as one of the top ten best states for education.
- If healthcare is a priority to you, then New Jersey is one of the top states regarding access to quality healthcare.
- If you love spending time with your pet, San Francisco has all the dog-friendly parks you could ever need.
- If you're looking for affordable housing options, then Kansas may be worth looking into.
All in all, moving interstate is quite the opportunity for people looking to explore different cultures and lifestyles simultaneously. Also, when you use external help, such as a registered agent, you get even more time to explore the best of what each state has to offer.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Blueprint Real Estate Advisors can help! Call 808-400-5796.
guest blogger: Carolyn Russo