When it’ s time t o move hous e
SOME people lik e moving house as it gives them the feeling of having a fresh start e very f ew y ears.
But for most of us, moving is stressful and we prefer to put it off f or as long as pos sible.
Sometimes it is r eally ne cessary though, said Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts R eal E state. T here ar e c ertain signs that the time has c ome f or you to s tart looking f or a ne w home.
The most c ommon of the se is that your family has outgrown your current home. As children get older they need more sp ace, such as their o wn bedrooms and their o wn study or r ecreation areas. They also don’t necessarily leave home these days as soon as they’ve finished studying, and if you also need to ac commodate ag eing p arents, it is likely that you will need a bigger home.
Similarly, if y ou were single but ar e now part of a couple, you will probably want t o move soon fr om your tr endy apartment t o something big ger.
New marriages and partnerships are another major r eason f or people t o move home. Or, your family has grown up and g one off t o set up their o wn homes and you suddenly have too many rooms you don’t even use and a big garden that is tr oublesome t o maint ain.
And if you are about to retire or have already done so, you may feel the time has come to sell and move to a new place that gi ves y ou mor e securit y, bet ter weather, and more freedom to do what you want. There are several other major reasons t o move. • FINANCIAL W ORRIES If you are straining to pay your utility bills and running c osts on top of your homeloan r epayment e very month, you should consider moving soon to a more aff ordable home. • TRANSPORT WOES If you’re weary of traffic or a long and costly c ommute each da y, it ma y well be time t o move closer t o work. • TOO MUCH MAINTENANCE Some people love DIY but if you want to spend y our weekends doing something other than mo wing the la wn or retiling the bathroom, maybe you need to move to a complex where someone else will t ake car e of maint enance.
A move is ur gently indicated if y ou believe that your neighbourhood is going into a decline. “If you notice more litter, more loiterers, more empty shops and houses, and mor e crime or polic e activity, the writing is on the w all.”
— Business Editor.
For mo st o f us, mo ving is s tressful.