Regardless of where you are in life, moving is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever have to make. No matter if you are single, living with roommates, or grown old with a family, it’s hard to tell when the right time to move is, and it’s even harder to tell if you’re moving for the right reasons.
Oftentimes, without an outside influence that makes the decision for you—i.e. money issues, job offers, etc.—you are going to be completely lost. Fortunately, there are questions you can ask yourself to make sure you’re ready to move, and I’ve gathered the toughest ones right here. Just remember; you might not like what you’re going to see. Here we go!
1. Are you moving for Someone Else?
One of the most common reasons for moving—particularly for single, young people—is to move in with their sweetheart. In many cases, this is fine. If you’re getting married, want to move, and simply need more space, then moving for the sake of a loved one is definitely a valid reason. However, in basically every other case, you need to have second thoughts. After all, a lack of permanence can throw a monkey wrench into your plans.
What I mean is that you really need to think about your future before moving, not the future of you and your SO. Do you really want to move? Is the place you’re moving to going to have an abundance of jobs in your field? Do you really think you will be together with this girl forever? You really need to ask these questions before making a decision. Trust me; many relationships don’t last forever, regardless of how you feel right now, and you need to place yourself first; even if it tears you apart.
2. Is the Value of your House Decreasing?
From an increase in foreclosed properties in the area, to a decrease in the standard of education at the nearby schools, wide scale property devaluing can happen for a variety of reasons. If these problems look permanent, then it might just be time to move. Oftentimes, you can tell that a neighborhood is going downhill, and—if you can get out before it drops off a cliff—you may save yourself some money and a whole lot of grief.
Again, it really depends on the situation—there are a lot of ways to save your home value, just lake there are a lot of ways to devalue it—but, if you feel the neighborhood or the home is a lost cause, then you’ve already made your decision. Get out of there!
3. Is it an Impulse Buy?
Oftentimes,people see a home and fall in love with it instantly. It’s got a gorgeous pool, the perfect master bedroom, a big old yard for Rover to run around in it, and it’s oh-so easy for you to imagine yourself in it. However, and this might seem a bit harsh, you really need to look deep inside yourself and make sure that you actually want to leave your current home. If you don’t have the money, aren’t far enough along in your current mortgage, or are already struggling, then moving might not be the option for you. On the other hand, if you have the money, truly love the house, and you can’t see a downside, then why not? Buy away!
4. Can you still Afford your Home?
In many cases, it’s the exact opposite of the problems listed before this; instead of wanting to leave, you want to stay precisely where you are. But, with the declining economy, and the unfortunate decline in standard of living, your decision might already be made for you.
If you are having trouble meeting mortgage payments, find yourself missing meals, or just aren’t comfortable paying your current monthly amount, then it might be time to move to a smaller, less expensive property. It hurts, but you need a dose of reality, just like you need a new home.
In the end, just make sure you ask yourself these questions before moving/not moving. They may give you some insight you didn’t have before. Good luck!
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