You’ve been residing in your current home for “X” amount of time and you’re starting to wonder if you should move on. People change, after all, and so do their living arrangements. Are you still unsure if you’re ready to take the plunge? Here are four main signs that it might be time to find a new home.
There’s more cons than pros
Sure, the neighborhood is great, but you wish you had more space. The commute to your new job is horrendous and there isn’t enough nightly entertainment. The house is too much upkeep and your utility bills are through the roof. At least you’re in a five-star school district … but, your kids have already graduated.
Compile a list of all the things you enjoy about where you live now, then proceed to list the things that you wish you could change. Once your cons begin to outweigh the pros, it’s time to make a change.
In addition, see what you could change about your current living arrangements. Try and give your home a little revamp & refresh, first. For example, if it’s a spatial issue, you could hire a professional organizer and invest in some quality built-ins. Small & aesthetic adjustments might change your mind about putting your house up for sale. But, if you’re having issues which are beyond your control, it’s time to go.
Lifestyle and career changes are happening
Promotions, wealth-management, retirement… life is fast. As if out of nowhere, you can afford a more luxurious lifestyle or gardening is becoming a tedious chore. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade or find a new home with less maintenance?
If you’ve been living in your current home for several years, take some time to revisit the changes in your lifestyle. Think about the benefits a new home will bring.
It’s also important to think about the future. As you age, health concerns may rise. Perhaps a rancher will be better suited for you in five years. Consider what activities you could be doing in a healthier living environment.
Once you sit back and look at the changes happening around you, you might realize that it’s time to move on.
Your family changes
What used to be your sons bedroom is now full of cobwebs and that family room is barely used. Do you really need to live in such a massive house? Or, you might live in a two-bedroom condo and baby number three is on the way! In the blink of an eye, your family is going to outgrow that space.
As you consider buying a new home to accommodate your family size, consider your timing. Would you really want to move with a six-week-old baby? It’s also easier to move in the summer when your kids are out of school and need to be transferred.
If your children have moved out, you may want to rethink where you live. If you’re living in Pennsylvania, but your children have careers and relationships in Virginia, you’ll want to consider relocating once they start having children of their own.
You’ll find the best deals on real estate & moving companies in the fall and winter. Remember that weather could pose an issue in the colder seasons, too.
Sometimes, you can just feel it. Your mortgage is almost paid off and you’ve completed all those little projects to turn your house into a home. It’s finally time to broaden your horizons. People love to move, improve and grow in more ways than one. If you’re become complacent and need a fresh start, the prospect of a new home might be just around the corner!
Reach out to a real estate agent and tell them about the changes you’d like to make. They’ll be your guide and help you get on the right track to a new beginning.
Remember, moving is a unique mixture of stress and excitement, but when it’s all over, it’s worth every second.