Managing Multi-State Living: 5 Tips for Pet Owners

Managing Multi-State Living: 5 Tips for Pet Owners

You own properties in multiple states, and you’re used to moving between them with your pets! But perhaps you’re thinking about expanding your real estate portfolio, and before you do so, you want to nail down a better pet care routine and lifestyle budget. With help from Dave Futch, you can find the perfect new property in paradise for you and your pets! Furthermore, these tips will help you navigate multi-state home ownership with your beloved pets.

Stocking Your Properties

No matter where you’re staying, you’ll want to ensure that you have everything you need for your pet on hand. Rather than lugging suitcases full of pet care items between houses, simply keep each property stocked up with the necessities like dog harnesses, cat trees, crates, and, of course, food and treats.
Customer ratings for pet products can be helpful, but it’s a good idea to ask your veterinarian for recommendations. With their guidance, you can feel confident that you’re purchasing reliable products that will keep your pet safe and healthy. You can also look for websites that specifically feature veterinarian reviews.

Managing Insurance

Dealing with insurance policies across state lines can be tough. If you split your time evenly between states, you may want to insure your car in the state with cheaper policies and apply the same approach to health insurance enrollment. You can even save money on pet insurance with this tactic!

Staying Organized

When you’re moving around frequently with a few pets, it’s very important to stick to predictable routines as best as you can. This might mean walking and feeding your pets immediately after arriving, setting up a cozy corner for your pets in each home, and even hiring a reputable pet sitter so that if you can’t take your pets on a particular trip, you can rest assured that they will be well cared for.

Saving Money

In addition to shopping smartly for insurance, there are other ways to save money when you move between states frequently. For example, rather than hooking up each house with cable, you can simply subscribe to a couple of streaming services so that you can watch your favorite shows and movies at every home. You can also shop for non-perishables and fill your deep freezer so that food won’t go bad when you’re away.

Cost of Living Differences

When you own properties in multiple locations, you’re used to dealing with different costs of living based on where you’re staying. But you can use these varying costs to your advantage by carefully deciding what to spend on in each location. Here are a few cost breakdowns for essential expenses:
  • Maui residents who move between other states should be aware that grocery costs in Maui are 68% higher than mainland averages.
  • If you’re moving between California and another state, LA storage units of all sizes will run you about $212.20 per month.
  • Do you need to board your dog in Seattle, WA? Expect to spend about $40 per night.
  • If you relocate between Portland, OR, and other cities, State of Reform states that healthcare costs in this metro area are about 7% higher than the national average.
  • Thinking about buying a new property in Las Vegas, NV? Norada Real Estate Investments states that the average single-family home sells for about $480,000.
  • If you need help during the relocation process, Dave can help you with that too! He can connect you with a great agent who can help make your relocation a breeze. His company, Compass, has a network of over 25,000 agents across the nation.
Being a multi-state homeowner and devoted pet owner means juggling lots of responsibilities! But with the right strategy, you can stay on top of all of your obligations. By purchasing the right pet care items and budgeting carefully, you’ll be able to get the most out of your arrangement.

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