The seven-year-itch is a genuine thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the typical American family moves every seven years. So, if you've been in your house awhile and are feeling like moving, ask yourself these questions to shed some light on if a move is right for you in Dallas.
Do You Need Extra Space?
Growing families tend to increase in lots of directions, not just numbers. As your toddlers turn into tweens and teens, not only do they become bigger, the stuff they need expands--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 room--preferably close to the laundry. And, you have probably learned that spending all your free time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage thing on Netflix is not always what you would like, and you would fancy a grown-up space where you can pick what to watch.
Are You Empty Nesting?
When the fledglings have flown, and you are wandering around in a big empty house that you've got to maintain, it is time to ponder downsizing--free up your money and your time with a cozy house or even a condo. Anymore, even quaint 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 option to move into managed care when you need it.
Are There Better Opportunities in a Different Community?
Economic recoveries are not created equal, and if your city hasn't yet felt the benefits of a stronger job market, then a relocation to a city with more and better opportunities makes financial sense. While uprooting your family can be tough, the benefits of a better job with higher pay far outweigh the emotional stress of a relocation. If your career is in good shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is skyrocketing, a local move could be something to think about. In many communities, higher real estate prices mean 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 innumerable formerly upscale housing additions that have suffered from lots of foreclosures, and homes are rentals in the best-case scenario or deserted at worst. If this sounds like your neighborhood, and you are worried about the transient turn, it might be time to relocate to a different house. There's nothing more vital than your family's security, and a change would afford everyone peace of mind.
Do You Want 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 something to ponder. Especially if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to play larger 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 different places, and your kids will view more of the world than the locale where you grew up, charming though it may be.
Just Want Different 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 get up and decide you want a vineyard or an outdoor kitchen or you want to breed koi. It's all about living your dream, and if that means a new home, a new town or a new state, 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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