Originally Posted by stone0990
I will also cross-post this in the CT, RI, NH, and VT threads (as these are all within the "New England" tuition option of UMass!)
I didn't see your cross post in the NH forum, so will make a few recommendations here: Towns to keep in mind in NH could include Exeter (great schools, nice little downtown). I have other recommendations for inland towns, but will save those for when I see your post in the NH
Do keep in mind that while NH home prices are significantly lower than MA, property tax rates are generally higher. And though the lower valuations may buffer the total tax owed, expect to pay higher property taxes on a New Hampshire home.
New Hampshire has no sales tax, and also no income tax IF you are based out of a NH location. Those who chose to live in NH and work in MA get hit with MA income tax and NH property tax, a double whammy.
Most communities in NH will less town-provided services than you might be used to. Some will have town-wide trash pickup, others have a transfer station where you bring your trash. Or you can opt to have a private hauler do a weekly pickup for a fee. Many towns do not have public water/public sewer service, and homes have private wells and septic system (many towns in MA are on septic as well). These are just a few of the differences of MA/NH living--having moved to NH instead of back to MA when we came home from Missouri for reasons too numerous to get into here, we are happy with our decision, but could easily see ourselves living in either, over any other states