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Sometimes certain events or personal situations require a new home. The realization might hit us off the hook, or we may have been sneaking suspicion for a while.
Here are the top 11 signs that it’s time to move into a new house. If any of these arguments make you say “yes, this is my case”, it may be time to consider a move.
1. You are spending too much on home repairs
Old houses are charming but can be expensive. Even the newest homes can turn into a money pit if you’re not careful. If the maintenance, repair, or modernization costs are becoming an ongoing problem, you may want to consider moving to a new, more cost-effective home.
2. The nest is empty
A big house is great, but it can go a long way to keep it up to date. Once the kids are gone, all of that space can feel overwhelming and even a little sad. If you have unoccupied rooms that no one uses, moving to a smaller house can save you time and money on maintenance.
3. Search for financial independence
Let’s say you have been working very well and no longer need any help with expenses. Packaging and moving into a home built for you is an incredibly validated reward for all that hard work, not to mention saving you money. Goodbye, messy roommates!
4. You have exceeded your save space
Have you felt that the garage is very full lately? Are you afraid to open the hall closet without causing an avalanche? If you are a collector, you keep a lot of things, you are a project person, storage space is a necessity. Reducing clutter could mean a complete cleanup, a garage sale, or the installation of new shelving. If that doesn’t work, you may want to look for a house with more space.
5. Children need more space
Many parents want their home to be the gathering place for all the children in the neighborhood, but they just don’t have room for it. If your kids are always running around to use their neighbors’ backyard, pool, or playroom, you may want to find something new. Make sure a comfortable place to hang out is at the top of your priority list.
6. You have a dream
Are you passionate about a project that is waiting to take off? Maybe you need a photography studio, a workspace for the boat you’re building, or a dedicated office for your budding business. Whatever your dream, sometimes a new house with the right kind of space is what you need.
7. The neighborhood is no longer attractive to you
Neighborhoods are constantly evolving, and there isn’t much you can do about it. It may be that the strange new neighbors are killing your vibe. Maybe your neighborhood has become a hot spot and feels overrun with hipsters. More importantly, do you feel safe coming home at night or walking alone in the neighborhood? If the answer is no, it might be time to move out.
8. Your commute to work is deadly
Whether your commute time has doubled recently, or has been slowly devouring your soul for years, shorter commute time might be the answer. A longer trip has been shown to have a negative effect on health and happiness. If you can decrease your time in traffic by moving to a new place, why not?
9. Your family is growing
A new baby is one of the main reasons that families move to a new home. You will need more space for your baby’s room or your own room as they get older, and you may be planning more than one child in advance. This is, of course, a good time to consider which neighborhoods have the best school districts, safest streets, and access to services for families.
10. Change in a relationship
The state of the relationship is another important reason to move. Are things getting serious with your partner? Congratulations, love is a beautiful thing. While the opposite situation is never fun, starting again is the way to go.
11. You will soon move to a new city
Whether it’s for a job, for love, or just to fuel your sense of adventure, moving to a new city will almost certainly require buying a new home. While you’re making the change, it’s the perfect time to re-prioritize your needs. Look honestly at what you love and dislike about your current home and what has changed since you bought it, both in the neighborhood and on yourself. There is no reason not to make your next move child’s play.