The Granite State is renowned for its lush forests and challenging ski slopes but whether you're living by the beach or in the mountains, finding affordable housing in New Hampshire can be a challenge. Sharing housing costs can be a lifesaver
One of the things New Hampshire citizens love about their state is the variety of outdoor activities. New Hampshire truly has something for everyone, from ice hockey and snowboarding to hiking and boating. Every season provides a new opportunity for adventure. There's not a rush in the world comparable to climbing to the peak of Mount Washington or staring down the spout of a humpback whale on the waters of Portsmouth.
Coastal living in New Hampshire means soaking up the local flavor on the boardwalk. As summer turns to fall, the smell of lobster fills the air when the annual seafood festival takes over Hampton Beach. Savoring the rich, meaty flavor of seafood chowder or eating a cool and refreshing lobster roll as the gentle breeze from the Atlantic ocean cools the late summer heat is an unforgettable experience.
That's not to say those living in the north don't get their share of fun. Living in the upper valley means long winters of fresh powder on the slopes and summer days hiking the thousands of miles of trails throughout the state. When the summer turns to fall, long afternoons driving through the mountains provide the perfect view of the most beautiful foliage in the country.
While outdoor activities may abound, this outdoor wonderland is provided at the expense of housing. Most towns from Nashua to Lebanon face housing shortages. Older, more dilapidated buildings may be available but renters looking for updated homes may need to search long and hard. Sharing a room or apartment can be the perfect solution for renters looking to cut costs and upgrade their housing.
Living in New Hampshire means dealing with the blustery, frigid winters. Heating costs can skyrocket and for a single renter, these costs can eat up the majority of any professional's paycheck. Few rental properties offer rent with heat included. Halving the cost with a roommate is a sensible solution that won't only save heating costs but may just save your back when it's time to shovel the driveway after a Nor'easter.
Being a property owner doesn't mean forgoing the savings of taking in a roommate. Property owners can rent out their excess rooms for extra cash and savings on utilities. Taking in a roommate can melds frugality with practicality.