There are two things you need to know if you're planning on moving to Texas:
1. The weather is crazy and unpredictable. Yesterday's high was 78... while tomorrow's high is only 31. Oh, and you can expect just about every day in August to hover around 100 degrees.
2. Watch out for the property taxes. Without a state income tax, we have to make up the difference somewhere. In Austin, we pay about 2.3% of the home value in property taxes each year (and 8.25% in sales tax). Do the math- you're probably not going to be able anywhere near the same level of home here.
What does this all have to do with spray paint? Well, thanks to #1 we get plenty of spray-paintable weather during the winter (most spray paints recommend temperatures above 50-60 degrees). It's actually funny because after going on about my resolution to finish the projects I start, I had to leave my orange yard chairs sitting out like this for a few weeks while I waited for the spray paint weather to come back:
PS I brought up #2 because I think it comes as a shock to many families when they realize that they'll have to pay $500+ per month on property taxes alone in Austin (the suburbs cost less). Also, I'm just curious about other regions... What percent of your home's value do you have to pay in property taxes?
PPS I love my city and no amount of savings would have me moving!