Considering a job out of town?
Retiring to a new climate?
Before moving to a new state, find out if it’s a place you can really call home…
Look into all costs, not just housing.
Consider property taxes, fuel and energy prices, and commuting costs.
Visit in various seasons.
Peak season may be great, but go back when temps soar or dip below freezing.
Stay for a month.
You’ll get the vantage point of a resident, not a tourist.
Live like a local.
Avoid hotels, and rent a home or apartment.
Shop at grocery stores, use public transportation and talk to locals.
These strategies will give you a real feel for what it would be like to live in another state.