The Telltale Signs It's Time to Move

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We all fall in love with our homes over time, and to an extent, it’s a somewhat blinding experience. Sure, there are always things you don’t like about it, but the reality for most people is that they are happy to put up with them. And given the extreme stresses and strains caused by moving home, it’s not too much of a surprise!

That said, unless you live in the perfect home that matches every single one of your ever-changing needs, there will come a time when it is best you move on. And if you want to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level, it’s worth getting to know the telltale signs that it might be time to move on and find somewhere new to live. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know.

The nest is empty

First of all, the family home holds many treasured memories.
But let’s face it, when the kids fly the nest and move on to their own homes and lives, what else is keeping you there other than an emotional attachment? You don’t need 4,5 or even 6 bedrooms when there are just the two of you there, and downsizing could help you set up a nice financial future for your retirement.

The nest is too full

On the other hand, when you are just starting a family there will quickly come a time when you feel like you are bursting at the seams. One child is just about manageable in a two-bed apartment, but once you have a second or third, things are going to get a little tight. And as your kids get older, there will be an increasing amount of fighting, arguing, and all kinds of shenanigans going on, simply because everyone is in each other’s faces.

The angry neighbors

It’s hard to express how hard it is to enjoy life when you don’t get on with the neighbors. It’s just about manageable if you simply ignore each other, but the reality for most neighborly disputes is that they can increase your stress levels by a significant amount. It’s not your direct neighbors that can cause you trouble, either - perhaps there is a spike in the crime levels, or a whole bunch of rowdy youngsters have moved nearby and insist on playing loud music through the night. Things change, and no matter how much you want to stay, it can sometimes be better for you to find a better peace of mind elsewhere.

The crumbling home

Homes fall into a state of disrepair if you don’t look after them properly. And even when you are careful about keeping things in good shape, there could be a lot of underlying problems affecting your home, and when they become apparent, you will have some serious thinking to do. As pointed out over at Wren Realty services, it can be incredibly expensive to repair things like structural issues or plumbing problems. And if you don’t have the cash, it might be better for you to cut your losses, sell up, and move into a smaller home in better condition.

The endless investment

Be honest - how much DIY are you doing in your home? While this blog is dedicated to expressing love for and explaining the benefits of  DIY, there is a limit to how much you should be doing. Weekends are taken up by constant repair work? Tired of your wallpaper or paintwork? Fed up with door knobs, equipment controls, and electrical circuits breaking down? If so, it might be time to move on and find somewhere with a smaller amount of maintenance issues to deal with.

The cashing in conundrum

Housing markets go up and down all the time. And if the prices in your local area are going through the roof, it might be time to cash in. If you have plenty of equity in your home and have eaten into your loan, it’s definitely worth thinking about. Not only will you be able to find a less expensive home somewhere else, but you’ll also be able to free up cash to invest in other areas, and support a more comfortable lifestyle than you have ever experienced before.

The new job

When you get a new job in another city or location, it’s an exciting time. You will be convinced that you can handle the commute, and for a while, you might even enjoy it. Eventually, however, it will start to grate - of that there is no doubt. It might be that you tire of spending an extra 2-3 hours unpaid getting to and from work. You might feel like you are missing out on valuable time with your kids and partner. And if you start to dream of what it might be like to walk to work, it could well be time to move. If your long-term work prospects are likely to remain in the same location, it’s almost certainly worth moving closer.

The new relationship

Life might be suited to your one-bed apartment for singletons right now, but if you meet that special someone, there will come a time when you need to consider selling up. There’s no rush, of course. But, if you are both planning on sharing a tiny, weeny space with barely enough room for your clothes, let alone someone else’s, then your chances of keeping that relationship in good shape is almost dependent on moving to a bigger place.

Health reasons

Our final factor is probably the most important. If you need to move for health reasons, do it as quickly as possible. You only get one life, and with a little ingenuity, you can fall in love with any home. So, whether it’s to live somewhere with better weather, or anywhere that suffers less pollution, always move out if your local area is causing your ill health.

OK, so that’s about all we have time for - have I missed any other telltale signs you should look out for when it comes to moving home? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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