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Tips for Moving to a New Climate

All moves are major undertakings requiring you to coordinate between realtors, movers, utility companies, and so forth. One aspect of a move that is frequently overlooked is the transition to a new climate. You are most likely to experience a significant climate change when moving long distances; however, you can also see significant changes when only moving a few towns away. The following are helpful tips that will help you weather the change.

Budget Considerations

Moving to a new climate can impact your bank account in the form of higher heating or cooling bills and increased water usage. You will need to take into consideration the cost of weather-related equipment, such as snow blowers and tires. You may also have to make an investment in a new wardrobe, such as rain gear, parkas, or shorts.

Purge Unnecessary Items

Before your move, take the opportunity to sell or donate items that are not appropriate for your new climate. By getting rid of items that you won’t need at your new home, you can save on moving expenses. You can use any money from the sale of the items to defray the cost of the new items you will need to purchase.

Be Willing to Adjust

You may need to alter your normal routine to accommodate your new climate. For example, if you like to jog in the evenings after work, you may need to switch your run to the morning if you are transitioning to a hot climate like Arizona. If you are moving to an area with lots of snow, you will need to allow plenty of extra time for your morning commute during the winter months.

Talk to the Locals

Take the time to speak to a friend, family member, or co-worker that is familiar with the area where you are moving. They can provide valuable insight and tips for dealing with the different weather extremes in the area. They can even let you know what to expect in the terms of local pests and wildlife, such as flying cockroaches in the South or bears in Alaska.

Talk to Your Realtor

Your real estate agent should be familiar with houses and conditions in your new area. They should be able to provide you with information regarding weather extremes in the area, such as flooding, tornadoes, or blizzards. They can also suggest appropriate questions that you ask your home inspector to ensure that your new home is up to the challenges.

Be Ready for Surprises

It is inevitable that you will come across situations that you did not anticipate. For example, you may know that you will face harsh winter conditions in your new climate, but you may not realize that the winter months are followed by pothole season. The repeated cycles of freezing and thawing can cause dozens of potholes to pop up virtually overnight, which means you should be prepared for the prospect of buying new tires come Spring.

Stay Positive

There may be things that you don’t like about the weather in your new location or that you miss about your old home. You should try to look at your move as an adventure and an opportunity to try new experiences. For example, if you are disappointed at having to give up skiing, try taking on new hobbies like surfing or paddle boarding.

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