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Retiring In Hawaii – An Insiders Guide On How To Do It

Retiring In Hawaii – An Insiders Guide On How To Do ItRetirement. Its something you’ve looked forward to for so long.

Funny thing is now that its here, all of your old plans just don’t seem to fit any more.

Maybe you envisioned doing a few little fix up projects around the house. Having lunch with a few friends once a week. Take a class or two.

Now all you can focus on is the weather. And the cold. And the fact that your “dream home” is no longer a place you want to live.

Retirement changes us; makes us question the way we used to do things. Sound familiar?

Maybe retirement has you longing for warm days year round … did you know the average temperature is between 80° and 88° all year long in Hawaii?

Maybe retirement has you longing for beautiful, uncrowded beaches … did you know most of the best Big Island beaches are on the west side (the Kona side)?

Maybe retirement has you longing for never ending sunshine … did you know the best place to be is the Kona coast, the sunniest spot in the United States?

Hmmmm. Maybe its time to consider retiring in Hawaii, right?

Deciding to retire to Hawaii should never be an overnight decision. In fact, its something you should consider seriously before you take steps to make it a reality. It isn’t as easy as throwing a few things into a moving truck and heading off into the sunset. And even though I know you’ll love Hawaii as much as l do once you get here, there is a lot of planning that needs to take place in between.

If you live on the Mainland, moving requires a little more thought than a move between cities in your home state. Flight time is usually just over 5 ½ hours; no big deal if you want to leave. To get your belongings from the Mainland to Hawaii, you’ll need to work with a moving company that has experience in a Hawaiian move. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. If you haven’t had a chance to join my Buyer’s Club with 12 Tips For Relocation, be sure to do it now.

As you are deciding what to move, remember that Island life is different than anywhere else on the Mainland. Because it stays in the 80° range almost every day of the year, you’ll never enjoy those big, overstuffed leather sofas the way you did when it dipped down towards freezing in your community. Island life means simpler furniture – think rattan, think beach. And because our homes here on the Big Island often have just as much living space outside as we do inside, you may be tempted to adjust to your new life with new furniture rather than using your old – something to consider especially before you spned the time and the money moving it over.

As you are narrowing in on what community to live in within the Big Island, keep in mind that each has its own benefits, each island has its own personality, and each is beautiful in its own right.

Whether you have been to Hawaii dozens of times and have honed in on one location, or are just beginning your search and are keeping your options open, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about retiring to Hawaii. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful state, and love the home I’ve made in Kona on the Big Island. And I’d welcome the opportunity to share all I know with you.

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