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Traveling Between Homes with Pets – How You Can Make It Work

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Hello! I hope you’re having a fantastic week! This week I am happy to welcome back guest blogger Shirley Martin. In this article, she offers some great tips on traveling between homes with our pets. I hope you enjoy it!

Owning a home in another state can be a challenge with travel, organization, and house maintenance tasks. Another challenge for second homeowners is dealing with their pets. When you travel frequently between your first and second home, you also have to consider your pet’s needs. 

The most popular state for a second home is Florida, with more than one million second homes, according to the National Association of Home Builders. If you go between your primary residence and Florida with your pets, here are some ways to make life easier.

Choose the Cheaper State for Essentials

If you spend half your time in each residence, use the cheaper state for your essentials, such as car insurance, vehicle registration, or income tax. Vehicle registration in Ohio for example costs only $34.50. Some counties may have additional registration fees on top of the base expense.

Pick Streaming Instead of Cable

Another way you can save on your expenses is to skip a monthly cable bill in each home. Instead, choose streaming services that you can use on any device you own. Pick an economical internet provider for each home so you can access streaming video and other entertainment options in each residence.

Invest in Quality Health and Pet Insurance

Health insurance and pet insurance are also vital. Most employers offer a health insurance policy, but if you’re self-employed or retired, you can check out the federal government marketplace. Pet owners can also spend time finding Florida pet insurance for their pets to save money on serious health issues and preventive care. A policy in Florida may be cheaper in the long run. Check out costs, coverage, and provider reputations for each plan.

Prioritize Your Pet’s Health

It’s important to keep your pet healthy in Florida and your other state. Find a qualified vet in each state and schedule regular checkups. Talk to your vets about treating your pet for fleas and ticks. It’s also beneficial to have a pet sitter in each spot for weekend trips or daily dog walking.

Stock Your Pantry and Freezer

People who split their time between two properties should also have a stock of non-perishables and freezer items in each home. Stock up on items that you can store for a long time when they’re on sale to save the most money.

Have Pet Supplies in Each Home

You may also have to double up on pet supplies for each living space. Buy extras of items like leashes, crates, cat trees, and food bowls. Check out reviews of pet supplies from animal experts and veterinarians to find the best quality items. Look for sites that include vet reviews so you feel confident you’re getting the best. 

Look for Tax Savings

When you own two homes, you also have to look for ways to save on your taxes. Look for tax credits in each state for homeowners. Know how to navigate a property tax appeal if your home is appraised too high. Understand how income tax works for dual residents of Florida and other states.

Schedule Fun Activities in Each State

Most importantly, look for fun stuff to do in each state with your pet. Scout out dog parks, dog beach areas, and trails you can hike with your pet. Additionally, look for restaurants that have outdoor pet-friendly seating options.

You and your pet can enjoy living in a primary home and a second home in Florida if you set yourself up for success. Everyone can be happy and healthy and feel at home in both places.

Shirley, thank you so much for these great tips! And thank you dear reader for being here! I’m working on more appraisal and real estate-related articles for future posts. Stay tuned and have a fantastic weekend!

This week I leave you with a fun interview I had with my friend and fellow appraiser, Brian Reynolds. He also happens to be the president of the National Association of Appraisers for which I am a proud member. And he’s a super nice guy! I hope you enjoy our discussion.

In other news, I was also honored to be on The Walkthrough Podcast for two episodes. It’s been a busy time in podcast land. If you would like to listen to them, I have added them to this post. In those two episodes, we talk a lot about how real estate appraisals work. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

I’ve just released a new episode into the world. I hope you enjoy it!

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Here are some links to other articles I think you might also enjoy… 

Extreme Wheelbarrowing Houses Our Market View – Housing Notes by Jonathan Miller

Everyone Things We’re Crazy – The Voice of Appraisal

Exploring Life & Business with Jamie Owen of Aspen Appraisal Services – VoyageOhio Magazine

4 Steps to Upsizing Your Home to Accommodate Your Home-Based Business – DW Slater Appraisal Blog

Choosing comps in a changing market – Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Appraisers: What should you have in your car? –  APPRAISAL TODAY

What’s Important Now? – The Appraiser’s Advocate Podcast

Should We Think About Thinking? – George Dell’s Analog Blog

6 Things to Consider When Comparing Your Home To Recent Neighborhood Sales – Birmingham Appraisal Blog

For my readers in the CLE area… here are some articles related to news in our local area that you may enjoy… 

George Edmonson, well-known turn-of-the-century photographer – Tom Matowitz of Fresh Water Cleveland

Blazing trails: SCA Metroparks Trail Corps program involves youth in parks conservation – Karin Connelly Rice of Fresh Water Cleveland

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