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Old 09-11-2018, 09:53 AM
 
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Hi,

Like the Title reads, we will possibly be moving from TX to Ames. I'm excited and terrified. I love TX but hate the heat. I am well aware that we are not completely ready for Iowa winters. We lived in Nashville for a year, so we have somewhat of an idea. One of my many questions is what is the best way to prepare for Iowa winters? I know we will need insulated boots, gloves, coats/jackets. Parkas? Our daughter hopes to be attending university.

I am a planner and this is why I am now looking at what we will need. Once she applies and gets accepted we will start putting things in place for the move. I don't want to be purchasing needed wardrobe out of panic.

We are looking at rentals and home purchases. We have 1 dog, right now he is 40lbs. We are having fun looking and researching the city of Ames. Hopefully we will be visiting in a few months.
Nashville winters are nothing compared to winter in Ames. I'm from Minneapolis; you're in for a rude awakening.

That being said, yes, winter clothes as you mentioned. It's not horrible. It's just.... horrible
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:41 PM
 
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I35 and others have railroad crossing gates at regular intervals so they can close the interstate easily during snowstorms. They get used 2+ times a year.



Be aware.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Central, TX
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We are in Central Texas. It does get very humid. Also, I am hoping my allergies decrease with us potentially moving. If not, oh well.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:44 AM
 
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We are in Central Texas. It does get very humid. Also, I am hoping my allergies decrease with us potentially moving. If not, oh well.

When my daughter moved from Iowa to Kansas City several years ago, her allergies got worse. So maybe there is hope for you, although each case is individual. Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:19 PM
 
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I never had allergies until I moved to Texas. We live about 10 miles from the OK border and keep the AC at 70 all summer, granted we don't have to pay an electric bill on base which is a good thing. The wife and I can't wait to get back to Iowa, even though the winters can be tough, I enjoy the challenge. The only thing i'm not looking forward to is the salt destroying vehicles; therefore my two pride and joys, or as my wife calls them, mistress 1 and mistress 2 will be inside the entire winter and spring until the roads are cleaned from a few spring showers.

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Old 09-15-2018, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Central, TX
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I never had allergies until I moved to Texas. We live about 10 miles from the OK border and keep the AC at 70 all summer, granted we don't have to pay an electric bill on base which is a good thing. The wife and I can't wait to get back to Iowa, even though the winters can be tough, I enjoy the challenge. The only thing i'm not looking forward to is the salt destroying vehicles; therefore my two pride and joys, or as my wife calls them, mistress 1 and mistress 2 will be inside the entire winter and spring until the roads are cleaned from a few spring showers.

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I am really hoping that mine go way or at least decrease. My husband said that we might need to get a new vehicle after our 1st winter there. He's from Michigan and he mentioned the salt on the roads. I wanted to get a truck and now I'm rethinking on that, especially if the house we find isn't big enough for a truck. I've had my car over 5 years, it will become our daughters once we move up there.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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I am really hoping that mine go way or at least decrease. My husband said that we might need to get a new vehicle after our 1st winter there. He's from Michigan and he mentioned the salt on the roads. I wanted to get a truck and now I'm rethinking on that, especially if the house we find isn't big enough for a truck. I've had my car over 5 years, it will become our daughters once we move up there.
We love our Subarus. Traction, traction, traction. Bought our first one to haul the boy to college in S. Dakota spitstorms.
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Central, TX
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We love our Subarus. Traction, traction, traction. Bought our first one to haul the boy to college in S. Dakota spitstorms.

Thanks for the tip on that, I never considered a Subaru. I'll add that to my Iowa List. We were wanting a truck to pull an RV that we are purchasing in 2 years maybe 3. Depends on how this potential move goes.
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Central, TX
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Update: We are moving to Ames! I'm excited and scared. I do need help in finding jobs, a realtor or house rental (if we decide to rent, it'll be for at least a year), car insurance,
car/truck dealership, a local bank and a veterinarian. We support local business too. Any recommendations are very much welcomed.

My husband works for a local company, He's a Water Mitigation specialist and insurance adjuster and is IICRC Certified. I've been working from home and right now and part time at as an Esthetician, although I haven't decided if I want to continue working at spas. As I continue to build my home business, I'm willing to work just about anywhere.

That's all for now. Family meeting tonight to determine best time to see Ames before we move. Oh and we have 1 dog, lab mix who is 8 months old.
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Roxce, I strongly suggest that you rent for your first year. It takes a little time to understand the housing market in Central Iowa, and -- unfortunately -- there are a number of "part-time" realtors who are more interested in the sale and less about the quality of the homes they are selling, if they even know anything about construction, which many don't. There are a number of "flip disasters" both in Ames and Ankeny that you need to be on guard for. They look good, but the shortcuts taken, especially with laminate floors, plumbing, and electrical can be costly to repair.

In short, buying a home in this area isn't a process that you want to rush. There are some good homes! But with the housing shortage, you may not find what you want in time for your move. It's better to not be rushed and do your due diligence.

Don't get left holding the bag!
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