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Ready to Become a Snowbird? Here’s How to Prep for Next Winter
Spring may be upon us, but with many Americans still cooped up in their homes due to coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders, it can feel like an exceptionally long and brutal winter. And for some retirees, it may just give them the push they need to make next year the year they officially become snowbirds — people who flee the cold by wintering in warmer climates.
There are definitely some perks to the dual-residence lifestyle — no more shoveling or icy roads to contend with, to name a few — but joining the snowbird camp is a big decision that requires a good bit of planning. If you’re at the starting line, let this quick and simple guide be your jumping-off point.
Tips for a successful migration 1. Decide on the best location for your lifestyle (and wallet).
The main draw of being a snowbird is getting a free pass from harsh winter weather. For some, this translates to spending six months of the year in their second home. In fact, 64% of retirees said they expected to move at least once during their retirement, according to a 2014 Merrill Lynch study.
It goes without saying that you’ll want to settle on a city that feels like a ... more
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