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New Hampshire -- The "Live Free or Die" State => Moving & Housing => Topic started by: liamseanhagerty on July 16, 2017, 04:23:43 pm

Title: Looking for some advice and experience from current NH residents
Post by: liamseanhagerty on July 16, 2017, 04:23:43 pm
Hello all,

My fiance and I have been following the Free State project for a couple years, and only now did we realize the website had a forum section. Feel free to make your preferred disapproving gestures :) At any rate we're both registered Libertarians who've escaped the communist madhouse of California that we were born in and are at the moment holed up in Arkansas. We've recently had the good fortune of both of us acquiring jobs that are work from home, so our living location is no longer tied to our work provided we have a stable internet connection. With that in mind, we've been doing research on making the move and while the Free State Project's moving guide and the links provided within it have been immensely helpful (and very well put together/high quality, my compliments!), I'll admit we're getting a little lost in the deluge of information available and were wondering if we could get some help sorting some stuff out below.

A lot of what we're attempting to sort through is standard housing-related stuff and feel free to just point us to a realtor if it's more appropriate. I'll bullet point the list below so it's easier to read and isn't a wall of text. For the record, we're fully expecting a "pick a few of these features or a few of these, but not all" situation.

I apologize for the long post, even with the formatting to make it look nicer; and thank you in advance to anyone who read it all. We look forward to making the move in about a year or so when we have some money saved up; and to any replies to this posting in the meantime!

Liam Hagerty
Title: Re: Looking for some advice and experience from current NH residents
Post by: JasonPSorens on July 18, 2017, 07:30:29 am
Welcome, Liam! It sounds as if you've been doing your homework.

The first thing I'd recommend is to visit before making the move. You'll get a feel for the different parts of the state and where you might want to live.

That said, my guess is that Plymouth would tick off most of your boxes. They have big box stores, reasonably fast Internet, and I expect municipal water & sewer. I don't believe Plymouth has natural gas connections, though, so you'd be on oil for heat. Like most of NH, it's extremely safe. Politically, it's dominated by the college and isn't too friendly, so property taxes are high and so are zoning regulations. If you go to any of the neighboring towns (like, say, Rumney), you get away from those problems, but then you're likely on well & septic.

In case you haven't come across it in the deluge of information, here is a link to a spreadsheet with data on NH towns. :)
Title: Re: Looking for some advice and experience from current NH residents
Post by: Levi on July 18, 2017, 07:25:18 pm

I live close to Plymouth.  Please PM me your email or go to my website and contact me by whichever method you prefer.  I can help answer these questions.

Title: Re: Looking for some advice and experience from current NH residents
Post by: liamseanhagerty on July 18, 2017, 10:46:28 pm
@Levi: I just sent you a PM. I look forward to speaking with you further.

@JasonPSorens: That's a pretty big spreadsheet filled with a lot of useful info, many thanks! I'll admit I'm surprised to hear Plymouth itself as a recommendation. I had guessed with the criteria I posted that we'd be limited to the bigger cities in the southern part of the state and Plymouth seemed on the smaller end of the population and square mileage spectrum. We definitely would like to take a mini-vacation to the state to scout it out as you recommended, with any luck lining it up with Porcfest so we can meet some people too!

Thank you to everyone who's replied thus far. We look forward to more recommendations if you feel inclined to have your voice heard!