Six Signs it is Time to Move in Colorado Springs01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a actual thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the average American family relocates every seven years. So, if you have been in your residence for a bit and are feeling itchy, ask yourself these questions to sort out if a move is right for you in Colorado Springs. Do You Need 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 get bigger, the possessions they need increases--a pair of soccer cleats 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 area--preferably near to the washing maching. 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 would prefer, and you would enjoy a grown-up space where you can choose the TV channel. Are You Empty Nesting? When the kiddos have grown up, and you are rattling around in a big empty house that you've got to care for, it is time to give thought to downsizing--free up your money and your time with a smaller 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 activities and the choice to move into managed care when you need it. Are There Worthwhile Opportunities Somewhere Else? Economic recoveries are not all the same, and if your area has not yet found the benefits of a better job market, then a move to a metropolitan area with more and better opportunities makes financial sense. While uprooting your family could be not easy, the benefits of a better job with higher salary far outweigh the emotional turbulence of a move. If your career is in decent shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is outrageous, a local move is a possibility. In many communities, higher real estate prices lead to bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property re-evaluations seldom lead to lower taxes. Are You Safe and Secure in Your Residence? 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 upscale residential areas that have suffered from lots of foreclosures, and homes are now rentals at best or deserted in the worst-case scenario. If this sounds like your neighborhood, and you're concerned about the transient turn, it might be time to move to a new home. There's 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 every vacation, perhaps a move to where the family is would be a good idea. Especially if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to play bigger role in your children's lives, a relocation closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship instead of one that is sporadic. You will get to vacation in different places, and your kids will view 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 sets in. Sometimes, you just want a new place to call home. Your tastes change, your hobbies change, and one day you get 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 city 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. Ready to get started? We can assist.