When you find the home you ultimately buy, your mind is usually filled with how wonderful it will be. You pick the color of the paint for the bedrooms. You imagine the new furniture. Best of all, you can’t wait for all the memories you’ll make in your new home.
Eventually, though, you start to look around and realize something doesn’t feel right. Instead of that happy, blissful feeling from before, you’re annoyed, frustrated, and definitely unhappy. The space feels cramped, you don’t like your neighbors, and you stare at “For Sale” signs in other neighborhoods with longing. You’re mentally ready to move, but is the time right?
Here are a few signs that it’s time to start looking for your next dream home.
You’re Tired of Your Commute
Whether you bought your home knowing the commute would be long or you’ve changed jobs since you moved in, one thing is true. You’re tired of the drive. An hour or two one way is too much. Between the time lost with your family and the amount you spend on gas, moving closer to work makes sense. At least you’ll get to see your family during daylight hours and maybe attend a school play or two.
The Neighborhood Isn’t the Same
When you moved in, the neighborhood was quiet, friendly, and family-oriented. Years later, and you barely recognize the place. Your neighbors are a pain. Friends you made when the kids were young have moved away. It’s too loud and busy and you want out. There’s a reason location, location, location is such a big deal in real estate. In the wrong location, you’re miserable, no matter how perfect the house might be.
Your Kids Need More Space
When your family was small or you weren’t sure you wanted kids yet, a small home was perfect for you. Now you’ve got growing kids and the house feels smaller every day. The kids need their own room. More importantly, you need a place to go where you can’t hear the ding-bing-blip of video games, music you don’t like, and whatever is on that YouTube channel the kids like to watch.
The Kids Have Moved Out
You knew the day would come, and now it’s here. You’re officially an empty-nester, and your home feels too big. The kids have completely moved out, and while a guest room would be nice, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms don’t feel necessary. It’s time to downsize to something that fits your new life - and requires less cleaning or maintenance.
You Want More Amenities But Less Work
Whatever amenities you have in your single family home, you have to choose, pay for, and maintain. Your budget can’t always keep up with the little luxuries you’d rather enjoy. A new home in a gated community, HOA, or COA may offer the amenities and other benefits you want for a fee. It takes some of the burdens off of you and allows you enjoy your home more.
You might not fit into any of these reasons but still be ready to make a change. That’s okay, too. Any reason you have for wanting a new home is a valid one. Talk to a lender to find out what you can afford, and talk to a real estate professional to help you find your new perfect home.
Tell me what you want in a new home and what you need for your family, and I’ll help you find the next home of your dreams. Ready to move? Let’s talk!