If you’re a snowbird you have a lot to think about when moving your life back and forth each year. Are you ready to leave one house and go to another? Are you worried about your finances and the current economic climate? Do you know anyone who is thinking about becoming a snowbird but is not sure if they are prepared. Whether you are a new retiree looking for a dream life or a veteran snowbird keep reading there are some gold nuggets here.
Yes we are a Transporter specializing in car shipping all over the country. So what do we know about personal finance and preparing property for vacancy? We have been serving the Snowbird community for 20 years and over that time we have picked up a few things not to mention I have spent the past 10 years on Wall St. managing retirements and financial plans for Physicians all over the country. We also own and manage property which has taught us tons about realestate.
Some of the smartest and most respected Physicians in the country are long term clients of mine. However many of them when we first met, had no clue how long their money would last and if they were financially secure to retire. If you are newly retired and thinking about becoming a snowbird take the time to plan. Fox business has a few things to say about the issue here. Even if you are not canadian this article makes some great points and will help you learn how to be a snowbird.
So many of our clients retire and then become bored. Get involved in the community and don’t be afraid to work! Keep busy, give back, and put a few dollars in your pocket while doing it. This will greatly increase not only your financial longevity but your mental and physical as well.
One of the first things you must determine as a snowbird is where you want to live and what type of property to get involved with. Are you going to rent, own, stay in one place or maybe travel the world?
Getting your house ready
Turn off your water supply and put some cooking oil in your traps to prevent drying. This is advice from a Snowbird client who came back home to a plumbing problem that cost him over $1000. His plummer gave him these tips and he has not had a problem since.
Don’t turn off your electric! You will need it to keep the house in great shape and to deter potential predators. Keeping your lights on a timer and closing your curtains will help predators move on. Tell a neighbor friend to keep an eye on your house. They can be your first line of defense. Since you won’t be home you do not need the air conditioner blasting. Set the thermostat between 75 and 80 degrees to prevent mold and smells from developing.
Do NOT forget to clean out the refrigerator before leaving! The last thing you want is a 6 month science project upon your return. Turning the fridge to the lowest setting will help prevent mold and keep it fresh for your return. The number one cause for floods in vacant homes is the icemaker so make sure it is turned off before you go.
If you rent or own a condo you have one less thing to worry about but if you own your home, call your landscaper and pool guy to make arrangements!
Get your ducks in a row
Make your flight arrangements in advance. There is an art to shopping flights and it could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year if you plan right.
Make sure you contact us or your auto transporter before confirming your flight. We want to make sure you spend the least amount of time without your car. Clients who have used us for years know to book their flights on or close to the days of pick up or delivery of their vehicles. Don’t become another car shipping horror story on the internet and GO HERE to download your car shipping checklist now.
Forward your mail. Simple enough but could be a disaster if you forget! Get on-line or go to your local post office asap. If you are going on a 6 month vacation so should your TV, Internet, cable, newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Call these providers and make your arrangements.
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