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I'm putting my house up for sale within the next 2 days.  I expect it to sell fairly quickly.  I am currently in Virginia.

I think I will spend the summer camping at Cape Hatteras, but I'm flexible and plans could change.  This fall, I plan on looking for a house near the gulf in Alabama or Mississippi, or more likely in Louisiana (lived there many years ago).  I'm waiting until fall so it will be comfortable staying in my trailer until I find a new home.  This will also probably be my last trip!

I don't know the simplest and cheapest way to handle residency, as I'm not sure where I will end up.  Does it make sense to establish residency in Texas for just a few months?  This shouldn't be a difficult problem, but I'm not seeing a simple solution.  I hate to pay tax on my vehicle and trailer multiple times.

I want any solution to be totally on me, not on friends or family. 

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What do you plan to do for mail? If you expect to find a new place to buy a house before you need to renew your registration, driving license, or insurance I see no reason to change until you find it. 

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Until I have an accident and don't have a valid license, registration,  or insurance.

I'm thinking the odds are at least 90% I will end up in Louisiana, so maybe I just need to find a way to establish residency there.  I also have a business I need to register.

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3 hours ago, huckleberryfriend said:

I also have a business I need to register.

Can you use the business address, if it has physical site? Again, what will you be using for mail? Can you use that address for other things?  Most people who move do not change the address on driver's license, vehicle registration, or insurance until they get a permanent address in the new location. I'm not sure what the laws are in terms of the time your license remains valid from your previous state, but it could be important to check. As I think back, when we moved from WY to TX back in 1989, we didn't change our driver's license and such until we got our permanent house/address, and that was just over 90 days. Looking back, I now wonder if we were violating some laws? 

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I don’t know the answer to your situation.  I would talk to your insurance company.

I put my house on the market in 2019 and got an offer quickly in May.  My intention had been to take a very wandering trip over the summer before establishing domicile in Texas.  As far as I was concerned, I was still a resident of California until I got to Texas, I was just more or less on vacation.  I was not planning on changing my plates, or insurance until I got to Texas and established residency.  What ended up happening is that the original deal fell through and I didn’t sell the house until the fall.  I went straight over to Texas because the trailer’s registration was due in a month and I wanted to domicile in Texas as soon as I could for tax purposes (so my final California income tax showed me leaving prior to the end of the year).

I didn’t change my insurance to Texas until I was close to Livingston - even though the house sold a couple of weeks prior to me leaving California, I assumed my vehicle(s) were fine with their California plates and insurance.

Most states say something along the lines that you have to register your vehicles within 30 days of becoming residents.  In the OP’s case, they won’t be changing residency right away so why wouldn’t their Virginia plates and insurance be valid?  The main problem with that would be if the annual registration is due after they sell the house and before they establish residency, I suppose.

Ask your insurance company.

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18 hours ago, huckleberryfriend said:

I hate to pay tax on my vehicle and trailer multiple times.

If you already have your vehicles and have paid sales tax when you purchased them, you shouldn't have to pay sales tax again when moving to another state.  About the only exception would be if the sales tax in your new state is more than that in your old state -- in that case, you'd pay only the difference.

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2 hours ago, huckleberryfriend said:

I was thinking property tax.

I doubt you are planning to buy temporary real estate and most states don't have a personal property tax so this might be a non issue.

Linda

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36 minutes ago, sandsys said:

I doubt you are planning to buy temporary real estate and most states don't have a personal property tax so this might be a non issue.

Linda

Actually, half of the states charge an annual personal property tax on vehicles. 

Property Taxes by State

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You curent state really doesn't want you to give up residence they will allow you register and such even after you sell. You may have to have a friend or family member let you use there address for a little while. My parents sold there house 16 years ago have remained residents, paying income tax every year but have been out of state every winter since selling. They use my address in summer and there campground one in winter. Even there registration and such goes to the campground address if thats were they are. You have not decided on your new home yet so you are very legit in not changing anything for some time. Who knows you might end up back in your curent state after some traveling. 

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