If you’re considering a move to Oahu there are some key questions that we get asked a lot in the real estate business. In are some questions that you should be asking that you may not realize are important when moving to the islands.
#1. Is it better to rent or buy?
This all depends on how long you’re planning to live here. If you’re planning on staying for at least five years than buying would be the best option. Renting is just as expensive as buying but if you’re only living here for about a year it probably would be best to rent. It would cost you more money in selling costs and you may lose some equity by owning a home for such a short. Of time. But if you’re planning on staying a while, having that mortgage payment be just as much is rent can actually pay you back in equity over those few years. More on Renting or Buying…
#2. Can I bring my pets?
This is something that a lot of newbies to why don’t realize. Hawaii has some of the strictest quarantine requirements in the country. You may be required to quarantine your pet for 90 days but if you plan it right you can have a five day release or immediate release but be sure to understand all of Hawaii’s rules about pet quarantine when you move to the island. More about Pets on the Island…
#3. Buy your favorites when you see them.
Have a favor coffee creamer, toothpaste or wine? Because just about everything needs to be shipped over from the mainland we run out of a lot of things so when you find one of your favorite products it’s best to stock up on a few items because it could be a while before you see them again.
#4. Is the traffic really that bad?
Yes. Oahu traffic can be extremely tough. According to a recent article by the Huffington Post that stated the average Honolulu resident will sit in traffic jams for 58 hours annually. However, by choosing a home on the North Shore or in the center of the island such as Mililani and similar towns you can avoid a lot of the traffic, especially if you don’t travel to Honolulu and Waikiki that often. More on Oahu Traffic…
#5. I’ve heard there’s been power outages. Is this true?
Power outages are not uncommon on Oahu. Consistent Internet connections and power outages are frequent you want to make sure that you have a backup energy source of possible.
#6. Will my allergies get better?
Actually, the islands have what’s called “Vog”, which blows over from the big Island and wreaks havoc on people sinuses. However, you may not be allergic to the certain allergens in the air but there will be different pollens that you might not be used to. More on Oahu Weather…
#7. Will I miss the mainland?
That really all depends on you. I know when I moved here over 30 years ago I didn’t look back and I certainly don’t miss it now. There is a different pace of life on the island and a lot of people get Island fever where they feel they can’t drive far enough on a vacation. But, I feel I’m on vacation all the time and love the ambience and atmosphere that Oahu brings. It’s not for everyone but it’s definitely something everyone should try at least once.
Do you have a question you can add to this list? Do you have questions about moving to Oahu that a reputable local real estate agent can answer? Feel free to add your comment below or contact our office today and get started on your move to Oahu.