The seven-year-itch is a actual thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the typical American family moves every seven years. So, if you've resided in your house awhile and are feeling itchy, ask yourself these questions to sort out if a move is right for you in Colorado Springs.
Do You Require Additional Space?
Growing families tend to grow in lots of directions, not just numbers. As your toddlers turn into tweens and teens, not only do they become bigger, the things they need expands--a pair of soccer shoes and some shin guards turns into a bag of balls, shoes for every surface and a goal in the side yard. If your kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own space--preferably close to the laundry room. And, you have most likely discovered that spending all your free time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage movie on Netflix is not always what you enjoy, and you would favor a grown-up space where you can control the remote.
Are You Empty Nesting?
When the fledglings have flown, and you are roving around in a large empty house that you've got to maintain, it's time to think of downsizing--free up your money and your time with a cozy house or even a condo. Anymore, even little towns have over-55 communities that are like being on vacation all the time, where you own your house but have your upkeep provided, dining, social and fitness amenities and the alternative to move into managed care when the time comes.
Are There Beneficial Opportunities in a Different Community?
Economic recoveries are not created equal, and if your area has not yet found the benefits of a stronger job market, then a relocation to a city with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family could be difficult, the advantages of a better job with higher salary far outweigh the emotional turmoil of a move. If your career is in good shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is very expensive, a local move is something to think about. In many communities, higher real estate prices translate into bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property assessments rarely lead to lower taxes.
Are You Safe and Secure in Your House?
The flip side of the real estate boom is the bust that is still having an impact on families all over the country. There are many formerly luxury residential areas that have been hit with lots of foreclosures, and homes are rentals in the best-case scenario or deserted in the worst-case scenario. If this characterizes your neighborhood, and you're upset about the transient turn, it might be time to relocate to a new house. There is nothing more imperative than your family's security, and a change would afford everyone peace of mind.
Would You Like to Be Closer to Family?
If you find yourself leaving town to be with family each vacation, maybe a move to where the family is would be something to ponder. Particularly if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to play bigger role in your children's lives, a move closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship instead of one that is intermittent. You will get to vacation in other places, and your kids will see more of the world than the area where you grew up, charming though it may be.
Just Want a Change of Scenery?
This is where the seven-year itch comes in. Sometimes, you just want a new place to call home. Your tastes change, your hobbies change, and one day you wake up and arrive at the conclusion that you want a vineyard or an outdoor kitchen or you want to breed koi. It is all about living your dream, and if that means a new house, a new locale or a new part of the country, go for it. Americans are always on the move, so if that is appealing to you then find a realtor and a mover, and scratch the itch.
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