Over the years, I’ve had a chance to talk to many of my friends and neighbors who live with me in Arizona on what to tell others about moving to Phoenix. So in honor of those who are moving here, here’s some advice on living in this devilishly hot desert state in the American Southwest.

  1. Invest a couple bucks in an Aloe Vera plant.  It’s the most low maintenance relationship you’ll ever have and you’ll reap all the benefits.
  2. Drink lots of water and make friends with someone with a pool, if you don’t have one yourself.
  3. Live a resort lifestyle.  Moisturize your whole face and body liberally each morning and expect your pores to open when you walk outside the door.  Invest in cute summer dresses and flip flops.  Make sure you have enough ice in your stainless steel double walled water bottle, wherever you go!
  4. Don’t forget your pet. Locking your pet in a car, even for just a few minutes, is like locking them in an oven.
  5. Do not go hiking anywhere in the desert around June-August if you don’t want to be on the 6 PM news.
  6. Phoenix is called the Valley of the Sun because it’s surrounded by mountains. If you can identify these ranges, you’ll always be able to find your bearings: White Tanks are west, South Mountain is self explanatory, the Superstition Ridge line is east and McDowell Mountains are north-east.
  7. Load up on sunblock, a good swimsuit, and find your local pools and use them.  Drink lots of water, and make sure your car’s AC works correctly.  Buy a sunshade for your car, and a patio shade as well, as that helps you from melting even more in July when its still 105 degrees at 10PM at night.
  8. Don’t carry makeup, chapstick, or crayons in your car from April thru Oct – they will melt.
  9. Sprint has for $4 a month road side service. Many car batteries die in the heat. If your car battery is over 4 years old you might consider buying a new one, it is on its last charge.
  10. Expect about a year less on when your tires need to be replaced so you’re not replacing them on the side of the road in 122 degree heat.  You will see evidence of skid marks followed by shredded tires out on the freeway.
  11. Live as close to your job as possible. Less miserable time spent in a hot vehicle! More time in the pool!
  12. If you get your car windows tinted for the Summer you will love it but there are laws going with too dark of a tint.

These are just a few wise things to consider. Want to know more. Let’s talk about finding the right Arizona home for you. Call Troy Elston at West USA Realty – 602-740-1035

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