Whether you’re living in a starter home, or the family home after all the kids have grown up and moved out, there are always subtle hints that it might be time to move on. Selling your home and moving on to a new one can be a difficult choice at times, but here are a few glaring signs that are hard to miss:
1. Your House Is Too Small
If you bought your home when it was just you and your spouse, and now you have three kids, two dogs, a cat, a bird, Grandma, and that weird neighbor kid whose parents never seem to notice he’s missing all living under one roof, it might be time to upgrade. Extra bedrooms, extra bathrooms, a game room, a man cave, a home office - just think of the possibilities of moving to a larger house! There are plenty of great options out there, and depending how long you’ve been in your current home, you might be able to make it work pretty easy financially.
2. Your House Is Too Big
The kids have all grown up and have homes of their own. The dog is too old to run around and mostly sleeps at your feet. That weird neighbor kid still comes over, but he does chores, so you don’t mind. You and your spouse only use 20% of your house and the rest only gets any use on holidays. This is a great time to downsize and trade in your home for something that’s a little more intimate, a little more cozy, and maybe somewhere the weird neighbor kid can’t find you anymore.
3. Living There Is A Burden
Maybe 30-year old you thought that a three-story house was an amazing idea because of the potential for a top-floor studio where you could paint, but 50-year old you had knee surgery and haven’t painted anything in ten years. There’s nothing wrong with going from a multi-level home to one that’s only single story. Alternatively, maybe the home started off as a fixer-upper, and as the years have gone by, has turned into a money pit. It’s nowhere near being fixed, it’s dangerous to live there, and the emotional and financial stress of keeping the home is unhealthy for you. Don’t let your pride keep you somewhere that’s no good for you!
4. The Neighborhood Has Declined
If you begin to notice the signs of a neighborhood beginning a downward spiral, whether it’s increased crime, urban blight, or that weird neighbor kid living in a cardboard box on the street, it might be a good time to get out while you can. Unfortunately, when a good neighborhood becomes a bad one, home prices can drop like a stone, so if you’re the last to notice, you might also be the one who takes a loss on your home.
5. You’re Not Happy In Your Home
A home is supposed to be the one place where you feel safe and happy. It should be the respite from all the stress in the world, and if you’re realizing that your home, for whatever reason, is causing you more strife than happiness, it might be time to move on (this also applies to relationships, but we’re real estate agents, not therapists). If you begin to fantasize about moving to a new home, stay up late at night feverishly looking through real estate listings, and have dreams of your home accidentally being destroyed by an errant meteorite crashing into it, it’s time to listen to your gut.
Whatever the reason you might have for looking for a new home, chances are if you’re reading this article, there’s something telling you it might be time to find a new place to live. Lucky for you, we can help! Call us today to find out how we can help make that dream a reality.