Have you ever been on a vacation and loved it so much you thought about moving there? Well, that’s actually a really good idea, vacationing before moving. Could your next favorite vacation destination also be your next home town? We actually get a lot of people moving here that have vacationed here many times and if you’re doing the research on relocating to a favorite vacation destination, here are some things to keep in mind.
Compare the cost of living
Going on vacation allows you to experience and see the best parts of the city but it’s quite different actually live there. Check out the cost of living in your vacation city versus your current city and see if you can swing it. Florida is actually a fairly affordable place to live, depending on the city.
Connect with a local real estate agent
Local real estate agents can be extremely beneficial to anyone considering a move to the area and especially if you have questions about housing costs. Talking to your agent about long-term goals and the housing market will give you a good idea of what home prices are, where to buy, and the community that best fits your lifestyle.
Why do you want to live there?
Vacationing in a place is a lot different than actually living there. You might love the place for a vacation but hate it when you live there. Think about your job, commute times, and your daily lifestyle. Will it fit into the location you’ve chosen? Are you looking to retire there? What is your personal criteria for moving?
Consider an extended stay.
It’s important to visit a prospective destination for as much time as possible before moving. You can check out AirB&B, personal condominiums, VRBO, and timeshares for extended vacations to really get a feel for the place at all times.
Live like a local.
During your stay, check out the local economy, culture, amenities, and services. Does your morning cup of coffee cost more simply because you’re in a vacation spot? Read the local newspaper and ask librarians about online neighborhood newsletters, festivals, community traditions and events.
Drive around the neighborhood.
While on vacation, you’ll usually not drive or travel to residential areas, but this is important when scoping out a place to live. Talk to the neighbors, get a good sense of the communities around your vacation spot, and see if there are any areas that look a bit shady.
Think about your daily routine.
While scoping out the best place to live while you’re on a vacation, it may be important to bring your work with you if you can. Of course, you’re choosing to live here because of the vacation lifestyle, but you may still need to work so what does a workday look like to you in this new location?
Are you ready for the weather?
You may vacation in a certain spot because of the weather but how’s the weather the other 355 days a year? Investigate what the weather will be like through all seasons. Can you stand of the hurricane season, tornado season, rainy season, sweltering heat season, etc.? Related: 5 Ways to protect your trees from storm damage
Moving to your favorite vacation destination might be a great idea but it’s worth it to take the time and discover the reality of it in all aspects so that you don’t regret this relocation.