The seven-year-itch is a genuine thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the average American family moves every seven years. So, if you've resided in your residence awhile and are feeling like relocating, ask yourself these questions to figure out if a move is right for you in El Paso.
Do You Need More 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 get bigger, the things they need expands--a pair of soccer shoes and some shin guards turns into a bag of balls, shoes for every surface and a goal in the backyard. If your kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own area--preferably nearby the laundry room. And, you have likely learned that spending all your free time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage show on Netflix is not always what you would like, 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're rattling around in a big empty house that you've got to care for, it is time to ponder downsizing--free up your money and your time with a smaller house or even a condo. These days, even small 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 amenities and the option to move into managed care when the time comes.
Are There More Advantageous Opportunities in a Different Community?
Economic recoveries are not all the same, and if your area has not yet found the benefits of a stronger job market, then a relocation to a city with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family can be difficult, the benefits of a better job with higher wage far outweigh the emotional stress of a move. If your career is in decent shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is skyrocketing, a local move is a good strategy. In lots of communities, higher real estate prices lead to bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property assessments scarcely lead to lower taxes.
Are You Safe and Secure in Your Residence?
The inverse 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 residential areas that have suffered from lots of foreclosures, and homes are now rentals at best or abandoned at worst. If this describes your neighborhood, and you are worried about the transient turn, it's time to relocate to a new residence. There is nothing more important than your family's security, and a change would give everyone peace of mind.
Do You Want to Be Closer to Family?
If you find yourself leaving town to visit 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 bigger role in your children's lives, a relocation closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship rather than one that is on and off. You will get to vacation in new and exciting places, and your kids will view more of the world than the area where you grew up, charming though it may be.
Just Want Different Scenery?
This is where the seven-year itch settles in. Sometimes, you just want a new abode. Your tastes change, your hobbies change, and one day you get up and conclude 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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