So you live up north in the frozen tundra and are tired of wearing long johns 10 months of the year. You sometimes forget to plug the car in so the battery is dead 5 days out of 7. You are getting muscles like a wrestler from lugging bags of salt melt. You haven’t seen your feet in months because you wear socks all day and all night. Any of this sounding like a reason to move south? Why not move to Tennessee?
Perhaps you are tired of high real estate taxes. An $8,000 tax bill for a small house on a 1/4 acre of property is not uncommon. A $6,000 real estate tax on a 40 year old town house is probably a low estimate. No joke, you all know it’s the truth. Are your State Income Taxes killing you and you want more money for yourself. How can you get around that one?
Tired of paying for and having to endure motor vehicle inspections? What a pain they are. The inspectors failed me one time because my ash tray was overflowing. If you have a failed sticker on your windshield you can’t get on the Jersey Turnpike. If you own a swimming pool up north you get, what, two months of use out of it?
These are all very good reasons for moving….but to where?
California? – earthquakes, fires, mud slides
Gulf Coast and East Coast? – hurricanes
Mid West? – tornadoes
Granted, an earthquake can (and eventually will) hit any state. The after math of a hurricane can have a huge effect far inland. Tornadoes are happening in places they never imagined they would happen, like downtown Atlanta, GA.
So what is left? Tennessee, either East Tennessee or the Tennessee River Valley area. Anyplace east of the Cumberland Plateau would be a fine choice! We may be land-locked but we can get to the ocean or the gulf fairly easy. Mountains, we have mountains and views you won’t believe. The people are friendly and warm hearted.
We technically have 4 seasons, but normally winters are mild and much shorter than up north. Summers are longer and hotter than up North. If we happen to get a snow flake or two they don’t usually “stick” around long. People ask us if we have a snow blower – the people asking are northerners! Of course we don’t have a snow blower; we don’t own a snow shovel or boots either. Not necessary.
Real Estate Taxes are much lower than other parts of the country. Taxes on a 1500 square foot home on 5 acres is right at $1,000 a year, depending on the county. State Income Tax – no such thing. We do have a high sales tax to make up for that though. No motor vehicle inspections, which some consider a bad thing. You don’t have to buy a dog license either. When we moved to Tennessee I asked about buying a dog license. I think the woman at the court house laughed for 10 minutes before telling me they don’t have them here. We don’t have a luxury tax either.
You pay about $26 to register a vehicle, that’s it. If you live in a county with a wheel tax, then it’s an extra $25 on top of that. Yes, each county has its own rules and regulations – we don’t operate as a state we operate as a bunch of counties. Speaking of moving from one county to another – each time you do that you need to re-register your vehicle, buy a sticker for wheel tax, and then pay another $16 I to get a new driver’s license. Again, we don’t function as a state. This is our third county and our last – I’m tired of paying motor vehicle fees, even as low as they are!
If you are a pool lover like I am, you can start using it early May and close it around the beginning to mid-October. Allergy season is a little longer as my doctor informed me the other day. He told me to take allergy meds starting in March right up through June, then again in September until the first frost, sometime in December.
We occasionally have temperatures below freezing, a few snowflakes and some fog in the winter. Summer will bring heat, humidity, severe thunderstorms and fog. Spring and fall are absolutely beautiful, and some fog. We may be a landlocked state, but there are at least 15 TVA Lakes throughout Tennessee for the boating and fishing enthusiasts, not to mention the Cumberland, French Broad and Tennessee Rivers. The Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited of all the national parks and it free to visitors. At the top of the mountain where Tennessee meets North Carolina the view at 5600 feet is amazing! Knoxville is “big” city with lots to see and do. Sevierville and Pigeon Forge have many outlet malls and all kinds of family entertainment. Chattanooga has Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls. There is still a lot of country and open spaces left where you can have peace and quiet.
There are many reasons to move to the Volunteer State. It’s been a challenge in some respects and sheer joy in other ways. I can’t seem to lose my New Jersey accent no matter how hard I try. I will always be considered a Yankee living in the south. You can’t buy good NY style bagels or Jewish rye bread so you learn to eat corn bread or biscuits. We load up on our favorite foods during our annual trek to New Jersey.
So come on down – If I have provided you with enough information on why you should move to Tennessee, I know several good real estate agents who will help you get a deal on your own little piece of Tennessee. Y’all come on down now!