While moving can be a real drag, sometimes it’s obvious that it’s time to go. A move can be just the thing you need to jumpstart your life and invite positive change. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re ready to take the plunge, here are 10 signs that now is the time to relocate.
- You’ve outgrown your space
Have you resorted to renting a storage unit, even after you’ve de-cluttered your home with the KonMari Method? Then it may be time to upgrade to a bigger space. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some room in your closets and cabinets again?
- Your finances have changed
Are you making significantly more or less money than you were when you moved into your current space? If you find yourself with nothing to spare at the end of the month – or much more than you know what to do with – then you might want to consider moving into a home that is more in line with your current financial situation.
- Your family is growing
Are your kids getting tired of sharing a room – and there’s another one on the way? Or maybe it’s time to start a family and you’re not happy with your current school district. Either way, a growing brood is a good indication that it could be time to move into a home that is more family-friendly.
- The house feels empty
Are your kids off to college, or grown with their own families? Do you suddenly find you have more rooms than you know what to do with? Why not downsize so you have less to take care of?
- The neighborhood has changed
Are crime rates going up? Are there more empty houses or yards that aren’t being maintained? Sometimes neighborhoods change. If you don’t like the way it’s heading, it could be time to go.
- You hate the weather
Those snow days were fun – at first. Now hauling out the snow shovel every few days is getting to be a bummer. If you find yourself pining for sunny days and warmer temperatures, it might be time to relocate to a more temperate climate.
- Your commute is wearing on you
Studies show there is a direct link between commuting time and happiness levels. If you’ve found your good mood waning recently, think about moving closer to your job.
- You’re in a new relationship
While we wouldn’t recommend moving every time you meet someone you like, there are moments when you know you’ve found the person you’d love to spend the rest of your life with. If your current place is too far away from them, it makes sense to move closer.
- Your house needs work
Are you getting tired of making trips to the home improvement store every weekend? Is your to-do list getting longer instead of shorter? Then maybe it’s time to give your wallet and your free time a break with a new place that requires less maintenance.
- You like the idea of a fresh start
Sometimes there aren’t black-and-white reasons to move. Maybe you’ve just gotten the itch to explore a new place, to expand your horizons. And that’s perfectly okay. If your intuition tells you that it could be fun to move on, then now may be the perfect time for a new adventure!