You love your house. The memories. The mementos. The extra bedrooms. The furniture you have to dust every couple of weeks. The lawn you have to mow. The property taxes.
Maybe it’s time to consider moving.
Here are eight signs it’s time to move.
1. The kids have left the nest. Your house and neighborhood were perfect for your family. But your family has changed, and it may not be so perfect any more.
2. You’re retired. When you retire, it’s important to stretch your money as far as possible. Why spend extra for utilities, property taxes and upkeep when you can move to a smaller place?
3. Maintenance is becoming a chore. Depending on your health, home maintenance might not only take a significant chunk of your time: it could endanger your life. Aging-related impairments, such as hearing and vision loss, problems with balance, and fragile bones, mean a small fall from a ladder may have a large impact on your life.
4. The neighborhood has changed. If you have noticed signs of theft, vandalism or violence, perhaps it’s time to move.
5. Transportation issues. If you can no longer drive, move to a place where mass transit is easily accessible.
6. Mobility issues. The house you’ve lived in for years may not be suited for someone with mobility and vision impairments or other health issues. If you have difficulty climbing the steps to your bedroom or getting in or out of the bathtub, it may be time to find a place that’s better suited.
7. Your circle of friends is getting smaller. Your friends have moved or don’t get out, so you haven’t seen them in a while. Why not move where you can easily make and keep friends?
8. Your children are concerned for you. Maybe they’re seeing something you’re not. Take their advice and find a better place to live.
It's not easy to think about leaving your current home, but now might be the right time to make the move!