Six Indications it is Time to Move in Dallas01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a real thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the average American family relocates every seven years. So, if you've been in your house for some time and are feeling itchy, ask yourself these questions to figure out if a move could be on the horizon in Dallas. Do You Require More 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 get bigger, the possessions 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 washing maching. And, you've probably learned that spending all your relaxation time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage show on Netflix is not always what you would prefer, and you would fancy a grown-up space where you can control the remote. Are You Empty Nesting? When the fledglings have flown, and you are rattling around in a sizable empty house that you've got to keep up, it's time to think of downsizing--free up your money and your time with a smaller house or even a condo. These days, even little towns have over-55 communities that are like summer camp for parents, where you own your house but have your maintenance provided, dining, social and fitness activities and the choice to move into managed care when the time comes. Are There Favorable Opportunities Somewhere Else? Economic recoveries are not created equal, and if your town has not yet found the benefits of a stronger job market, then a move to an area with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family can be not easy, the gains of a better job with higher pay far outweigh the emotional turmoil of a relocation. If your career is in good shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is outrageous, a local move is a good strategy. In many communities, higher real estate prices translate into bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property assessments seldom 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 effect on families all over the country. There are innumerable formerly luxury subdivisions that have been hit with lots of foreclosures, and homes are now rentals at best or abandoned at worst. If this characterizes your neighborhood, and you're distressed about the transient turn, it might be time to move to a new house. There is nothing more vital than your family's safety, and a change would provide everyone peace of mind. Do You Want to Be Closer to Family? If you find yourself leaving town to visit family every vacation, maybe 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 have larger role in your children's lives, a move closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship rather than one that is on and off. 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 New 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 rose garden or an outdoor kitchen or you want to breed koi. It's all about living your dream, and if that means a new residence, a new town 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 help.