Well, it’s that time again when Mesa Arizona plays host to the annual migrating flocks of snowbirds! Halloween is behind us and now we are looking to the holidays and the winter season in Arizona. Snowbirds are flocking in from all over the northern states to enjoy our dry, warm weather, perfect temperatures, local restaurants, shopping, golf resorts, and entertainment.
Whether you have a vacation home, vacation rental, RV spot, or you’re currently looking, there’s something for everyone throughout the Mesa area. As you plan to make your way south, here are some things to consider.
If this is your first time as a snowbird there are things that you learn along the way. I’m going to help you out with some tips from the experts and veterans to this annual migration.
#1. Arrange for a mail hold or mail forwarding. Depending on how long you will be away, you’ll need to forward your mail including financial statements, credit card statements, magazines, and any other bills to your new home.
#2. Try to pay as many bills online as possible. This will deter from you having to change your mailing address for everything.
#3. Cancel your trash service and restart the service at your new location.
#4. Cancel your newspaper delivery. (If you still get one of those archaic things)
#5. Arrange for a part-time caretaker for your property. A friend, paid service provider, or relative can check on your house weekly or every other week.
#6. Empty your dishwasher and leave the door open. This works regardless of which end of the travel line you are leaving. It prevents mold and odors.
#7. Open your dishwashing lid and dryer.
#8. Take out all the trash in the house before you leave.
#9. Shut off the water. Open all the drains and let the water flow out and leave open the lowest strain. You don’t want any pipes bursting while you are gone.
#1. Don’t forget your passport. Make sure it is renewed in case you want to travel to Mexico while you’re down here.
#2. Make photocopies of all your documents including all your cards in your wallet and health insurance information. Leave one copy with friends or relatives and pack other ones to take with you.
#3. Consider an international phone plan to save on roaming fees.
#4. Have your car or RV scheduled for a tuneup before you leave. Consider renewing your license plate, auto insurance, or any driver’s license before leaving for a new state, especially if anything is about to expire while you’re gone.
#5. Consider roadside assistance programs.
#6. Take frequent breaks from driving and take your time making your way to Mesa. We want you to enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
Welcome snowbirds! It’s going to be a great winter and for information on buying or selling throughout Mesa Arizona don’t hesitate to give me a call. I specifically work with 55+ communities and can help you find the perfect winter home in Mesa.
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