The Tell-Tale Signs It’s Time To Move House

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Everyone homeowner’s dream is to find the perfect property and stay there for the rest of their life. The reality is quite different. In truth, it takes most people years before they find the home they want to keep forever. Sadly, some families and individuals never do and have to settle. As a result, it means that moving is going to be on the agenda at some point. That is, unless, you want to stick with a home that makes you unhappy for the rest of your life.

The only question you need to answer is when. After all, moving out is a stressful and drawn out process that everyone wants to put off. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to put it off any longer if the warning bells start to ring. Here are the signs that it is time to move. If any of these are familiar, it might be a good idea to start looking at new properties.

You Are Always Looking At Listings

Lots of people pass this off as just being curious. However, logic dictates that you are curious for a reason. The reason is that you are not happy with your current house whether you are aware of it or not. As a result, a realtor’s listings or a new property launch catches your eye constantly. An even bigger sign is an online search. At least when you walk past an agency it is possible to make an excuse. However, there is no defense when you are actively searching for new homes online. Whether you want to admit it or not, it means your house isn’t up to scratch. It is better to accept this fact and move on than it is to deny it and stay somewhere that makes you unhappy.

It’s A Bit Tight

A lack of space is the most common sign that a move is on the cards. Quite simply, no one can put up with a home that doesn’t have room for anything. To begin with, storage space is essential because families have lots of belongings. So, if there is nowhere to put your stuff, the house is going to be full of clutter that takes up valuable space. More importantly, a lack of room makes a property uncomfortable. Tight quarters mean you have to fight everyday to complete basic tasks. A home should never feel like this because ease and comfort are the two most desirable qualities. When they no longer exist, it is only a matter of time before there is a change.

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It’s A Bit Big

When you think about moving house, it is usually to upscale. However, people do move to downscale. Now, it is a first world problem, and a good one at that, but it can be unhelpful to stay. For starters, there is no reason to live in a home that is too big. The extra space not only feels cold, but it also reminds you of why there is no one here. Sadly, the empty nest syndrome is hard enough to get over without a constant reminder! There is also a financial aspect to having too much space. Quite simply, you are paying for a house that you don’t use to its full potential, and it’s expensive. Therefore, you are better downgrading to a different property to save money. If you are near retirement, this might be essential to preserve your finances.

Your Circumstances Change

Properties are perfect, and then life happens. A new arrival, for example, changes the whole dynamic. Whereas in the past a two bedroom house was plenty enough, now it is dangerously small. Of course, it is possible to create more room for the new arrival in the hope that the house will suffice. But, deep down, every parent knows they need to move for the sake of the family. Plus, if it is your first, it is always nice to start a family in a house you can call home. But, it doesn’t stop at babies because there are other ways to extend a family. Parents might move in, for example, or you might take on a lodger. Whatever the case, the house is the first thing to go when circumstances change.

Increase In Crime

A home is like a castle. Okay, it doesn’t have a moat and a drawbridge, but it should make you feel safe. As soon as that feeling disappears, there is no turning back. No matter how hard you try, it will always be in the back of your mind until you move. Anyway, you owe it to your family to keep them out of harm’s way. By staying put, there is a chance that the statistics will come back to bite you on the backside. Moving allows you to choose a place with a lower crime rate, which in turn reduces the chances of being a victim. This might not be easy to spot because most people don’t have the crime statistics to hand. However, they are possible to source if you ask the local authority. Nonetheless, sometimes it is about how you feel and nothing will do other than a change of scenery if you don’t feel safe.

Better Schools

Once you have kids, their priorities come first. That doesn’t only mean that you have to get up at three o’clock in the morning to give them a bottle. It also means you need to think about their future. Education is a factor all parents think about non-stop, so getting into a good school is paramount. Unfortunately, the competition is high and certain factors might rule out your children. Geography, for instance, is one such factor. The way to get around this is to move closer to the area. That way, the application will carry more weight because you are a local. In general, you can move to an area without a school in mind as they may have a selection of the best in the area. A tip: do it sooner rather than later. The later you move, the less impact it has on the school board.

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New Career Opportunity

As a parent, it isn’t always about the kids. Sometimes, it is about you and your significant other, and the family as a whole. Think about your career for a moment. Your job and your partner’s job are the lifeblood of the household as without them everyone would struggle. So, it only fits that you take job offers seriously when they arise. After all, more money and better hours are only going to benefit everyone. The only issue you might face is moving to negate the long commute. It isn’t nice uprooting the kids, but it is necessary in some cases. Although they won’t see the bigger picture, you will and you know it is for their benefit. Plus, sometimes parents have goals and dreams they want to attain, too.

You Want A Better Life

When you have a great job and more disposable income, you want to be able to use it for your benefit. Of course, staying humble is essential as your climb life’s ladder. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t live a good life according to your budget. You can because that is what the extra money is for in the first place. If you don’t use it to lift you and your family to the next level, you might as well not have it at all. A dream house is the foundation of a better life, so it’s a perfect place to start.

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