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Frequently Asked Questions about Moving
Where are property taxes lowest?
Property taxes vary greatly by town in New Hampshire, and tax rates don't tell the whole story. According to Porcupine Real Estate:
While a high tax rate may be undesirable, a particular property may have a low assessed rate. The assessed rate (determined by the town and not by the list price of the home) determines the total tax burden: Property taxes = tax rate x assessed value. A high tax rate shouldn't necessarily disqualify a particular town from your list.
So while you may consult this town the tax rates map or spreadsheet, you may also want to consider the town's median tax amounts (which take into account assessed value) and home prices. Read more in Understanding Property Taxes in New Hampshire and Taxes and Regulations.
How much should I expect to pay in rent?
2017 Median Rents
Readily available data comes from the more heavily populated areas of the state. It will give you an idea of what to expect.
- Manchester: 1 bedroom: $962 - 2 bedroom: $1280 - 3 bedroom: $1300
- Nashua: 1 bedroom: $1195 - 2 bedroom: $1559 - 3 bedroom: $1522
- Concord: 1 bedroom: $994 - 2 bedroom: $1211 -3 bedroom: $1494
- Portsmouth: 1 bedroom: $1218 - 2 bedroom: $1522 - 3 bedroom: $1672
- Rochester: 1 bedroom: $896 - 2 bedroom: $1101 - 3 bedroom: $1394
- Dover: 1 bedroom: $1121 - 2 bedroom: $1217 - 3 bedroom: $1479
Source: New Hampshire Housing via Porcupine Real Estate
What should I consider when setting up utilities in New Hampshire?
When you call to schedule the shutdown of utilities in your current state, consider requesting a letter of reference from each company. This will help you avoid deposit fees from new utilities. Many companies have an option for this letter to be ordered on their websites.
A few weeks before your move, call utilities in NH and set up your start dates and appointments for installations. Find a reputable vendor for your propane and/or furnace fuel refills.
Some companies won’t work with you if you don’t use credit cards.
Oftentimes you will attain excellent customer service with local, family owned companies, rather than large corporations.
Find out if your new town has garbage pick up or not. If not, decide if you will make your own trips to the dump, or find a company that will pick up your garbage for a fee. You may find it easiest to find this information in the local town paper once you move.
How do I establish proof of residency in New Hampshire?
Proof of residency is required to vote, to get a New Hampshire ID or driver's license, and to file most government forms. For your average middle-class family this is fairly simple:
- Rent or purchase a house.
- Set up local utilities.
- Use your first utility bill as proof of residency.
Singles who rent rooms in most town can obtain a "letter of residency" from the town clerk. However, those in Manchester who rent a room with utilities included will need to get a letter notarized from someone they are living with, whether that's a landlord or a roommate. This letter must include the following:
- The name of the landlord, roommate, etc. who is writing the letter for you
- The date
- Your full name
- The address of the residence
- That you are living there
- Their signature, signed in front of a public notary
- The public notary's signature and stamp
- An example letter is as follows, made for Bob Mover by Rebecca Couchspace:
October 20th, 2007 To whom it may concern: Bob Mover is a resident of my household at 1776 Revolutionary Drive apt. 4 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Rebecca Couchspace Notary signature/stamp
Once there, is it easy to get involved in politics?
The open, transparent and representative nature of politics in New Hampshire is one of the many attractive aspects of the state. The general requirement is that one has to be in state for two years before being elected as a state representative. However, there is generally no time requirement for local elections like planning board, school board, budget committee and city council.
Running for a local election is a good idea and can be as simple as just putting your name on the ballot. Many positions go unfilled; there is always a need for candidates. Even if you miss the election cycle, you might be appointed to fill a vacancy. See this article for more information.
How does car registration work? Driver's licenses?
All vehicles must be registered within 60 days of residency. To register your vehicles, submit title and proof of residency, as well as a picture ID to the Town Clerk. Here is the link to Town Clerk Offices. Registration is paid yearly and renews in the month you were born. In 2013, the fee for a new title is $25, the fee for plates is $8. The registration fee is based on the original price of the car, the current age, and gross vehicle weight. They can’t tell you ahead of time what this fee will be. Check out the New Resident of New Hampshire/Division of Motor Vehicles page for more information.
After registration is complete, you have 10 days to have your vehicle inspected. Here is a link to a list of Official Motor Vehicle Inspection Requirements. In order to get a NH Driver’s License, you need to visit a DMV office. It is important to note that you need specific IDs for the DMV.
Can you tell me about immigrating to New Hampshire from overseas?
While moving generally involves a series of headaches for anyone, our fellow libertarians born overseas face an additional set of obstacles. Millions of people – including some Free Staters – have gone through the immigration process and are now American citizens. So, check out this article to start climbing that bureaucratic mountain!