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Drawbacks of Retiring in Michigan

By    |   Thursday, 12 November 2015 07:41 PM

Although retirement in Michigan has many attractive benefits, there are some drawbacks that retirees should consider.

Like with any destination, anyone considering a move to a new area must think about the good and the bad. Before calling the movers or signing a housing contract, consider the following potential drawbacks of retiring in Michigan.

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1. Weather
Michigan has four seasons, but only two are noticeable. Winters bring snow, sleet, and rain, causing driving risks, traffic problems, potholes, and high heating bills. Summers can be humid, but breezes that come off the lakes can cool things down considerably. Spring and fall are quick, but you will see buds bloom and leaves change colors. The state experiences about 17 tornadoes each year, and many of the days are drab and overcast.

2. Insects
Michigan is a haven for bugs. Many species of beetles, ticks, aphids, spiders, and other insects thrive in warm, humid summers, and several are active throughout the year. Stinging insects, such as bees, hornets, and wasps, can invade any area. Retirement in Michigan might bring risks of being bitten or stung, so anyone sensitive to those things who is considering moving into the state should be aware of first aid treatments and allergy risks.

3. Economy
All three of the United States’ major automotive companies are located in the state. Fallbacks in sales of American cars have negatively affected the state’s economy, and the Detroit metropolitan area. Once major contributors to the U.S. gross national product, these companies’ losses contributed to Detroit’s bankruptcy claims in 2013.

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4. Wildlife
Most people enjoy watching wildlife from a distance. But when deer, bears, squirrels, and birds come into backyards, problems arise. Birds and animals love to invade gardens, and they can wreck plants that have been carefully tended for months. Birds can destroy rooftops, chimneys and shrubbery. Deer can also be a danger to drivers when the animals unexpectedly dart in front of cars.

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