Handling Multi-State Living Arrangements With Multiple Homes and a Pet!

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Life can get complicated sometimes. Especially if you own homes in more than one state and you all have a furry friend along for the ride. 

This guest post was provided by Sharon Redd of Live All the Way.

However, what may seem complex at first can be made much easier with a proper plan. We all want to see our furry companions live their best lives, and we like to see their owners avoid stress and anxiety. Because of these facts, this article presents some tips for how you can make life easier when you have multi-state living arrangements.

Pack a Harness and Other Safety Products

When you are bringing your pet from state to state and home to home, it is essential that you do everything possible to keep them safe. Make sure that you bring enough food to keep them satisfied when you are driving from one home to another. It is also a good idea to pack a water dish so you can give them water during detours. As an extra safety precaution, do not go anywhere without a reliable and escape-proof dog harness. Look online for the best harnesses and read product reviews so you can ensure that you are getting a good deal. Once you get it, try it on and ensure that it is a proper fit, so your dog is comfortable.

If you will be back and forth between the two houses a lot, then it is a good idea to buy two of every pet product. Keep one at each property. That way you will have what you need as soon as you arrive and you won’t have to go shopping.

Ensure That Your Pet Is Healthy and Insured

The most important step that you can take in this scenario is to ensure that you have the services available that your pet needs the most in each state. For instance, you should have a veterinarian lined up in each location, and you should bring your pet in for a checkup after you have been in the new place for a few months. When you speak to the vet, ask about a good flea and tick shampoo that your pet can use, especially if they spend a lot of time outside.

In order to make your pet’s vet visits and medication more affordable, you will want to get them insured. The perk of living in more than one state is that you can shop for insurance costs in each state and go with the cheaper option. For instance, for pet insurance in California, the cost may be less expensive than it would be in the other state where you reside. Of course, price isn’t everything. You also need to get a quality product, so take the time to check the reputation of the providers by reading reviews online. Once you find one you like, request a quote.

Make the Most of Your Housing Situation

Living in multiple states and cities means that you also need housing, which means that you will need to decide whether to buy or rent your properties, or a combination of both. Renting provides more flexibility, while buying gives you the opportunity to build equity and make a long-term investment. 

Additionally, factors such as the local real estate market for each location, your financial stability, and your future plans should also play a role in your decision-making process. Ultimately, the decision between renting or buying a home comes down to your unique circumstances and priorities.

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Decide Where to Register Your Business

If you conduct business across multiple states, you may be wondering where to register it. The answer depends on the specific laws of each state and the type of business you run. Generally, you have two options: filing in your home state and qualifying to do business in other states as a foreign LLC, or registering as a domestic LLC in each state where you operate. It’s important to research and understand the requirements of each state to ensure compliance and avoid any potential legal issues. Consulting with a lawyer or accountant who specializes in business law can also be helpful in navigating this process.

You Can Save Money With Auto Insurance, Too

You can use the same logic with your other costs as well. A big one is when you buy and insure your car. Check each state where you reside, and you may find that the car you like may be more affordable in one place than the other. Once you have your car, you can then start to shop for insurance. The cost of insurance can really vary by state. For instance, if you live in California and Arizona, you will likely see that Arizona has a cheaper price, so you would want to register and insure your car there. 

You can use this same strategy when you buy health insurance. If you are shopping for health insurance and the cost in both states is a little high, then consider looking at the cost of coverage through your company and consider going with that option.

Find the Best Solutions

As you can see, there are many perks to living in more than one state, even if you own a pet. Take the time to research the cost of pet insurance, car insurance, and vet costs, and your furry friend will stay safe and sound during the process. 

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