Are you considering a move? If your family is expanding or your home just isn’t a good fit anymore, these tips will help you to determine whether it’s the right decision for you to move or not.
My husband, son, and I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment when I was pregnant with my daughter. For the first few months after she was born, she slept in a bassinet in our bedroom, and it was manageable. When she moved into a crib, it became claustrophobic.
We rented a small storage unit to house seasonal items and some furniture to create more space. Although I wanted to save some of my son’s books and toys for the baby, we simply didn’t have room. There were a lot of donations to friends and thrift stores. Soon after, we moved into a house with 3 bedrooms. Immediately, everyone had more of their own space, we were not tripping over each other, and there was more peace.
Many people don’t stay in the same house forever. This might be because of an expanding family or because they got bored with the home they were living in. If you’re not sure whether it’s the right decision for you to move or not, read on to learn more.
The Rooms are Cramped
If you notice that the rooms are now more cramped than they once were, and you’ve decluttered as much as you can, it could be time for you to move. Families accumulate things as they live in a place for a long time. You’ll move out with way more stuff than you move in with and maybe with some new family members. A great option would be to move to a bigger place with more space.
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Your Family Isn’t a Good Fit With the Neighbors
If you’re constantly irritated by or mad at your neighbors, it could be time to move. Some neighbors aren’t bad, they’re just not right for you. Maybe you are a young couple with a screaming baby and your neighbors are more of a mature couple. Or maybe you live next door to a frat house who has parties into the early hours. Ever seen the movie Neighbors? (affiliate link)
There isn’t much you can do, other than wait for them to move or move yourselves, says RA Bennett and Partners. You’ll need to make sure the area you move to is more suitable. Go there at different times of day to make sure that it’s everything you expect and more.
Related: Tips on Moving with Kids
You Don’t Want to Remodel
Remodeling your home can sometimes be a good option. You could add an extension, give it a whole new look, and make it look like a completely different property. However, if you have a busy, young family, you might not want to do that. It could be more stressful to live somewhere with sheets covering the furniture and a constant mess. You might just be better off moving to avoid the hassle.
It’s Too Big for You
Rather than your house being too small for you, it could be too big for you – physically and financially. Bigger is not always better. Move to a smaller property and you’ll more than likely feel more content. Not only will you have more space than you know what to do with if you don’t, you’ll spend more money on bills. Heating rooms you aren’t using just doesn’t make sense! I think you’ll be able to sleep much better in a home that is just the right size for you.
Hopefully this post has helped you to decide whether it’s time for you to move or not. If you’re not sure, don’t rush. Take your time. Maybe view a few different houses to see if anything jumps out at you. You don’t need to make a commitment if you’re not sure. Moving can be a lot of hassle, so if you do move, make sure you want to stay in this house for a long time!
How does your family decide when it’s time to move?