Thousands of people travel to Hawaii each year to buy a home and start living their dreams. People who come here with big dreams of living in paradise, in a beautiful Hawaii beach house, surfing every day, and sipping margaritas out of coconut shells, come here with big dreams of living in paradise, in a beautiful Hawaii beach house, surfing every day, and sipping margaritas out of coconut shells.
That is not always the case, so here are some things I believe you should be aware of before relocating to Hawaii and purchasing a home. See my recommendations on moving with children in my step-by-step Hawaii relocation guide.
- Hawaii is an island state
Living on an island makes it more difficult to obtain some items and engage in certain activities. Some things are simply unattainable, such as taking a long road journey to another state. Many items cost more to ship to Hawaii and take longer to arrive via FedEx, however Amazon Prime ships many items to Hawaii for free and in approximately 3-5 days. Some items are impossible to send here, even with Amazon.
- Housing is a luxury
Your yard may be smaller than you’re used to, particularly if you live in the city (metro Honolulu), and the dirt may be brilliant red. However, because it is a small island that is not growing and has little room to expand, prices will almost certainly continue to rise indefinitely as more people seek to live in paradise. Almost everyone who purchased real estate in Hawaii ten years ago had a half-million dollars in equity. The tenants are left with nothing. Buy Kohala ranch homes for sale in Hawaii if you want to make a million dollars eventually.
- Everything rusts
Because the sun is harsher out here, you’ll probably have to repaint your Hawaii home every 15 years. If you keep anything moist anywhere for two days, mold will grow. Living near the lush green mountains and the water on a tropical island comes with a price. Living on a tropical island paradise can present you with a slew of first-world issues. If you don’t think that’s worth it, I dare you to reconsider your priorities.
People that stay are usually the ones who go in the water, join a good social circle, and come to appreciate the island’s distinctive features. If you spend all day in your cubicle and all night in your residence, you’ll miss out on experiencing what makes Hawaii so special.