Most people live in at least two different homes before the age of 25. You grow up in your parents’ home, attend college, and then get a place of your own. After that, there’s no telling how many times you might move. One out of every two people ends up moving to a different city.
Moving is as unpredictable as it is exciting. If you are wondering if it’s time to move, the following are ten of the most common reasons why you may want to take the plunge.
1. Your Health
People relocate for health reasons all the time. For instance, doctors may recommend a move to a warmer climate for people with conditions aggravated by cold weather. People with physical ailments that make it difficult to climb stairs may consider trading their multi-storied apartment for a single-level home.
2. Facing Retirement
In a few months, you won’t have to worry about work. It’ll be nothing but free time and plenty of outdoor sunshine ahead. Now what?
As you approach this phase in your life, moving to a different location may be a good way to launch a fresh chapter. Instead of living in the city, people often prefer serene locations located in suburban areas. You could move to a planned community or pick a place close to your favorite golf course.
3. Cashing In On Your Equity
Need a quick influx of cash? Try selling your home and moving to a smaller house. Moving is a good way to cash in on your equity, especially if your house has risen in value since you bought it. If you’re retired and live in a large home, you could trade in your house for a smaller residence and extra cash to spend on a dream holiday or your grandkid’s tuition.
4. Your Family
Sometimes, your relationship with your family can affect your decision to move. As people get older, they feel the urge to live closer to their kids and grandkids. If you live in New York and the rest of your family is in Seattle, visiting can be difficult.
Then again, if you’re tired of your demanding family and wish to enjoy a life far from their interference, moving to the other side of the country may be exactly what you need.
5. Crowded Apartment
A new home is like a kid’s oversized pair of shoes. You gradually grow into it. In the beginning, you may feel like you have more space than you actually need. But over the years, as you acquire new things and your family grows, the rooms will begin to feel less spacious.
If you’re constantly bumping into things or finding it increasingly difficult to find a place to store your items, then it might be time to consider moving to a larger home.
6. Your Neighborhood Has Changed
Ten years down the line, the house might still be nice, but it’s possible that the neighborhood has changed—and not for the better. When that happens, it may be time for a move.
The changes might be physical. Maybe there’s a new freeway located close to your home, or you are concerned about your proximity to power lines. It could also be related to the residents. For instance, you may be tired of your neighbors who constantly play loud music, host parties, and entertain visitors late into the night.
7. Empty Nest
A five-bedroom apartment is a good idea when you have kids living with you. But when your children leave for college or go start their own families, you may suddenly find yourself with a lot more space than you actually need. Never mind the fact that climbing up stairs and maintaining a larger home becomes a lot more difficult at 60 than it was at 40.
In such situations, it may be best to move to a smaller home that is easier to manage. You’ll also get to save some money in the process.
8. Need an Upgrade
Are you tired of your house? Do you want a home with a sky loft, a yard, and more natural lighting? Sometimes, instead of paying for expensive renovations, it’s easier to simply move to a better home.
Wanting to upgrade your living quarters is a normal thing. That’s what people dream of—getting better accommodations. If you can afford a better home, why shouldn’t you get it?
9. Your Job
Many people move to find better jobs. If your current job environment is stifling and offers limited opportunities, you could consider moving to a city that comes with better job prospects.
Moving is also a good idea if you’ve been relocated to a new office that is farther away from your current home. If you spend more than an hour commuting to work every day, it may be better to find a new apartment closer to your office.
10. Your Relationship
Your relationship with a partner may affect your decision to move. If you’re getting married, it makes little sense to keep two homes, especially if you’re still paying a mortgage. Then again, if you’ve recently split up with your partner, you’ll need a new home.
Couples may also make decisions together to find a new home. Some reasons could be that the current home is too small or too expensive. A couple with kids might also want to relocate to a more family-friendly neighborhood.
People move for many different reasons. If you decide that you’re tired of your current home and wish to find a new one, it helps if you plan. Instead of squeezing your move into a few days, spend some time considering your options.
One of the advantages of moving is that it gives you the opportunity to trim down the junk you’ve accumulated over the years. You can take inventory of the items in your home and get rid of things you don’t really need. However, in instances where you’re short on time and you barely have enough time to pack, you could consider keeping your things in storage until you settle down.
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