The seven-year-itch is a real thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the typical American family moves every seven years. So, if you have lived in your home awhile and are feeling like moving, ask yourself these questions to figure out if a move is right for you in Wichita Falls.
Do You Require Additional Space?
Growing families tend to increase in many directions, not just numbers. As your little ones turn into tweens and teens, not only do they grow bigger, the things 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 front yard. If your kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own space--preferably nearby the laundry. And, you have probably learned that spending all your free time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage movie on Netflix is not always what you would like, and you would enjoy a grown-up space where you can pick what to watch.
Are You Empty Nesting?
When the kids have moved out, and you're rattling around in a sizable empty house that you've got to maintain, it's time to ponder downsizing--free up your money and your time with a smaller house or even a condo. Nowadays, 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 alternative to move into managed care when the time comes.
Are There More Advantageous Opportunities in a Different Community?
Economic recoveries are not created equal, and if your city has not yet found the benefits of a stronger job market, then a move to a city with more and better opportunities makes financial sense. While uprooting your family could be tough, the gains of a better job with higher salary far outweigh the emotional turbulence 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 a possibility. In lots of communities, higher real estate prices mean bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property re-evaluations rarely lead to lower taxes.
Are You Safe and Secure in Your Residence?
The opposite of the real estate boom is the bust that is still having an impression on families all over the country. There are lots of formerly luxury subdivisions that have suffered from lots of foreclosures, and homes have been turned into rentals at best or left vacant in the worst-case scenario. If this describes your neighborhood, and you're concerned about the transient turn, it's time to move to a new home. There is nothing more imperative than your family's safety, and a change would provide 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 something to think about. Especially if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to have bigger role in your children's lives, a relocation closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship instead of one that is on and off. You'll get to vacation in other places, and your kids will encounter more of the world than the locale 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 abode. 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 is all about living your dream, and if that means a new residence, a new city 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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