Known as the largest state in the continental United States, Texas is a fabulous place to work, live and play. If you are moving here for the first time, you are sure to love it, but you will definitely want to come prepared. Before you finish your packing, be sure to read over these five smart tips that will help you know how to pack, how to budget and how to have fun once you get here.

It Is Hot, Hot, Hot

If you are moving from anywhere north of the state, you may be surprised by the incredibly hot temperatures here, particularly during the summer. With over a quarter of the days in each year reaching a high over 90 degrees in many parts of the state, you will want to be sure that you come with plenty of warm-weather apparel.

Taxes Are Generally Lower

Residents here love living in a state that has no state income tax. Plus, the state sales tax is only 6.25 percent. Texas boasts the sixth lowest tax burden across the country. However, be prepared for higher property taxes as well as possible sales tax increases made by certain cities and counties.

You Will Need a Reliable Car

As many say, everything really is big in Texas. With such a big state, you will find yourself driving long distances much of the time. Even in larger metropolitan areas, businesses and homes are spread further apart than you may be used to. Keep your bike for exercising, but be sure to come here with a reliable vehicle.

Homes Are Affordable

A realtor like RE/MAX Space Center-Clear Lake will be able to help you find an incredibly affordable home here. This is where you can find amazing real estate with large yards, many rooms and all the upgrades you want for far less than you most likely spent in your old neighborhood. Even if you choose to rent, it is quite easy to find apartments with all the amenities for just over $1,000 per month.

Get Ready for Fabulous Live Events

You probably know that Austin is popular for all of its many live musical events. However, live music is popular in many venues across the state. Additionally, be prepared to love on your local football team. Texans are incredibly loyal to the ever-popular Cowboys as well as to the newer Texans.

The Lone Star State is sure to grow on you the longer you live here. Soon, you too will be a dedicated Texas advocate who has plenty of state pride and knows how to enjoy a genuine Southern barbecue. While many parts of your move may be difficult, getting acclimated to this state does not have to be. Instead, you will quickly find many wonderful things to love and brag on about Texas.

Author's Bio: 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.