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Love It or Leave It: How to Know When It’s Time to Move On From a Home

Posted by Carrington Real Estate Services on March 30, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Deciding whether or not to sell your home can be a difficult, if not impossible decision. No matter how long you have called your current residence home, you can’t help feeling attached to it.moving-on-from-your-home

You likely have tons of memories in your current home, but you probably also have dreams of a better home with more room for you and your family (or less room if your family has already grown up!).

So what are you supposed to do? How can you decide whether you should to stay put and enjoy your current home or move on and find a new home?

If you are already entertaining the thought of leaving your current home in search of something better, then you have already made the first step. Here are some of the most common signals that, despite how you feel about your home, the time has come to move on to something better.

Your Family is Outgrowing Your Current Home

It is possible that your current home is simply not big enough to comfortably accommodate your growing family. Your family might be growing in size as the kids get older, or it could also be growing in number with new additions like more kids or caring for an elderly parent.

While remodeling is sometimes an option that will allow you to increase the square footage of your current home, you are almost always going to be better off leaving it for a bigger house that is designed to allow your growing family room to spread out.

Your Family Has Grown Up

The opposite of a growing family is a shrinking family. This can happen when the kids head off to college or out on their own for the first time.

After requiring more and more space to nurture and raise your children for eighteen years or more, you will suddenly notice how empty the family home feels when they are no longer there. This often leaves parents in a place where they have far more house than they really need.

If you find yourself occupying a home that suddenly has more empty bedrooms than full ones, that is a good sign that it is time to move on to a different residence.

You Want a Shorter Commute

Another popular reason that many people consider leaving their current homes is to find something that is closer to where they work. This could be the result of a recent transfer or just many years of aggravation over a long commute.

Regardless of your reasoning, your current residence isn’t going to get any closer to your current workplace unless you make a change in one of them. If you like your job but want to reduce the length of your commute, a new home is definitely going to be your best option.

You Hate the Maintenance

When you first moved into your current home, you probably didn’t mind doing the regular maintenance like cutting the grass, trimming the hedges, and cleaning out the gutters. But over time that maintenance becomes less and less appealing.

Many people today are opting to leave their current homes in favor of new homes in neighborhoods where the maintenance is taken care of for them. This gives you one less thing to worry about and can make for a simpler lifestyle.

Your Dream Home Becomes Available

One of the most obvious reasons to leave your current home for a new one is when that new one happens to be your dream home. If the home you have always wanted suddenly becomes available and is in your price range, you will want to make a decision quickly.

Making the decision to leave your home and move on is never going to be easy. However, if your situation sounds a lot like one of these ones, there is a good chance that you are making the right decision.

Let your local Carrington Real Estate Services agent ensure your transition is a smooth one. Contact an agent today.

Topics: Seller Resources, Buyer Resources

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