Thinking about moving but haven’t made the final jump? Here are a few signs that it’s time to pack up and move on this year.
Your family size is changing. Whether you’re moving in with a significant other, starting a family, or downsizing after your kids have moved out, this transitional period is the perfect time to relocate in order to more appropriately meet your current needs. If you’re suffering from an empty-nest, downsizing may be a sensitive subject but it will save you money in the long run and energy spent on upkeep. Whether or not kids are involved in the picture, it’s always a good idea to be located near a great school district or park.
Your commute is a hassle. If you absolutely hate how long it takes you to get to work each day or to get your kids to school, relocating will save you time and stress. Maybe you just got a new job that’s further away from your current residence. Not only will this save you time during your precious mornings and evenings, it’ll also save you gas money and toll fees (if applicable).
Especially in the Puget Sound region, commute times are extremely long; ranging from 20 minutes to an hour compared to the national average of 25.4 minutes. Long commute times can affect your mood, weight, stress level, and contribute to pollution. Interested in seeing how long your commute is? Click here.
Your current home is a money pit. If you’ve reached the point where repairing your current place would cost more money than it would to move, it’s time to get a new place. Additionally, if you find yourself making repair after repair or still haven’t finished that remodel project from last year, now’s the time to either hire a contractor or move.
Your current place can’t live up to your dreams/needs. If you’ve been dreaming about a house with an additional level, larger storage spaces, or special amenities like a corner tub in your bathroom but your current home can’t support these dreams- consider moving to a home that can. Alternately, you avoid using the stairs in your home due to an injury or overall ability. In this case, a single-level home would improve your accessibility throughout.
Your current neighborhood is declining. Surroundings change from time to time. Your favorite things about your neighborhood may not be there anymore or your neighborhood may no longer fit your lifestyle. These are all good reasons to move before things get worse.
Of course, money is the biggest factor of all. If you can’t afford to relocate, start saving for a future down payment or look into financing to make your dreams a reality.
*Created for Buck Buys Houses