If you are encountering any of the problems laid out below, it could well be time to put your property on the market and move. Read on for our 5 signs that it could be time to move home.
1. You’ve Run Out Of Space
You might feel like your house is never tidy and that there is ‘stuff’ everywhere or you might be climbing over boxes to get from one end of the living room to the other. When you start having to use your stairs, bathroom and dining table for extra storage space and when your cupboards, shelves and drawers are all fit to burst, it might well be time to consider moving to somewhere bigger!
Your first step should always be a sensible de-clutter – even if you do decide to move de-cluttering is an excellent way of ensuring you only move with the essentials. Take a look at our article 5 Tips to help you de-clutter before you move.
Out-growing a property is quite common and can be the result of your family expanding, a gradual accumulation of possessions or even the result of taking up a new hobby. If you’ve filled your garage with everything but the kitchen sink and you can’t remember the last time there was space for an actual car, it’s time to put your house on the market and look at getting something more significant.
2. You’ve Got Too Much Space
If your once busy and bustling family home has since become a good bit quieter due to children flying the nest, you might find yourself rattling around a house that now feels much too big.
A sure sign that your house is too big is having rooms that you never go into or use; for most of us this might sound like a bit of a luxury, but for many, it is a reality and means your property is probably more significant than it needs to be.
Selling up and downsizing can be a great way of releasing some equity or cutting your rent or mortgage payments.
3. No Ties To The Area
Many of us link to a specific place as a direct result of school catchment areas, family ties or because of proximity to our workplaces. Once your children or family move away, or if you take a new job in a different area, however, you might realise that you are living in an area or property that you don’t particularly need or want to be in.
Now is probably a great time to make an objective assessment – your current location might have been suitable in the past, but circumstances change and your home may no longer tick all the boxes that it once did. If you find this is the case and you’ve got itchy feet and general apathy towards your home or the area you live in, it’s probably time to move on!
Selling a property that isn’t right for you can lead to huge relief!
4. You spend all of your time commuting
Let’s face it; there is nothing quite so tedious as a long daily commute. According to one study reported by the BBC British commuters have the longest journeys to work in Europe and face an average commute time of 45 minutes each way. Living rurally and commuting into the city does have its benefits, but you need to make sure that your work life balance is making you happy.
If you are getting increasingly frustrated with your long commute, you need to consider the options.
Weigh up the relative costs and benefits of moving closer to where you work – property might well cost you more, but the amount of time you’ll get back will be rewarding and mean you are more time-rich than before.
Likewise, changing your job will mean a lot of upheavals and short-term uncertainty, but in the long run, you could find the benefits of changing your job far outweigh the negatives, especially if you love your home and don’t want to move.
5. Moaning About Your Neighbours Has Become Your Number One Pass Time
If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to have a noisy or anti-social neighbour, you’ll undoubtedly be able to relate to this point. It’s entirely reasonable to experience noise from your neighbours annual summer BBQ or Christmas party, but consistent sound, be it loud music, arguing, a barking dog or whatever, really can take its toll and is a sure fire way to make you fall out of love with your home.
While moving may seem like a drastic action, if you’ve exhausted all other avenues and have failed to reach an amicable agreement, then moving might be a genuine consideration. It’s a big step to take, so it’s best to try and find other reasons to move too – perhaps to live in a different type of property (swapping a semi for a detached property will do wonders for your sanity) or to move closer to friends or family for example.
If you are looking for ideas on how to deal with noisy neighbours, take a look at how to resolve neighbour disputes.
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