Moving is no easy feat, but sometimes it's very, very necessary. Think you might be on the brink of a move? Here are the telltale signs it's time to start breaking out the boxes!
1. Bursting at the Seams
Have you outgrown your home? Is the family getting bigger by the year but the bedroom count stays the same?
Perhaps you are getting tired of waiting in line for the bathroom each morning? One of the top reasons for selling your home is to move to a larger home to accommodate a growing family. As your children move into their teenage years, they also want more space of their own, their own bedrooms, work areas and play areas. That small two-bedroom craftsman just can't carry the load anymore, and you know it.
2. Empty Nest
Do you find yourself walking into empty rooms wondering when the last time you vacuumed in there was? Having trouble deciding whether to convert your children's old bedrooms into the sewing room, home office or media room? You have too much house. Once the kids have left for college, Mom and Dad are left with an empty nest. Downsizing to a smaller home could be your reason to sell now.
3. Winter Thaw
Did you vow last year that you could not, should not, would not go through one more six-month-long arctic chill winter in upstate New York? Have you been looking online at homes in cities that actually have sunny days year-round? After weathering the sleet and snow (and shoveling driveways) for decades, many folks decide to sell so they can buy in warmer climates. You will just have to know for yourself when you hit that "freezing point."
4. Meeting That Special Someone
If you've changed your relationship status in real life (not just on Facebook), it might be time for a change. That cute little condo or bungalow was always right for just you, but it's not a dream home for your new mate. Not only is there only one sink in the bathroom, the closet space is barely enough for your clothes, let alone someone else's. Getting married or cohabitating with a significant other may just be the right time to sell and move to that next home.
5. Upgrading Your Abode
Things are going well at work. You got that promotion, or you landed a few new clients. You have been looking at Houzz and Pinterest and have been drooling over kitchens with dual ovens and master baths with enclosed steam showers. You are beginning to look for the upgraded house of your dreams, so if you can afford it, you may want to get your current home ready to sell.
6. Last Day of Work
This one has less to do with the house and more to do with your life after you're done working. Are you thinking a lot about retirement? Can you do what you want to do — sail, golf, play tennis, hang out with the grandkids — where you live now? You might be ready to sell and head to a new house and new city.
7. Tight Finances
Are you stressing about the utility bills, the repairs bills and a hefty mortgage? Then you may be considering a sell and a move as an answer. Moving from an expensive area to a more affordable home and community may bring you the peace of mind and less stressful financial footing you're looking for.
8. The Neighborhood Is Going To The Dogs
Are you up all night from the neighbor's barking dogs? Are you noticing a spike in crime or even more police activity as of late? A neighborhood moving in the wrong direction can be a very compelling argument for a sell and a move.
9. Seeking a Shorter Commute
Are you finding that you spend more time with your carpool buddies than with your spouse and children? Do you come home only to eat dinner quickly, walk the dog and then go right to bed each weeknight? Have you been daydreaming about walking to work or having a commute that doesn't force you to listen to an entire book on tape each way? Moving closer to work is big consideration when it comes to selling. If the long-term prospects at your current job look good, living nearer to work could be a great reason to pack it up!
10. DIY Blues
Was last weekend spent entirely occupied by trips to the home improvement store? Is the 'honey do' list getting longer, rather than shorter? Do you long for a newer home with all new components? How about new energy-efficient appliances and less upkeep in general? Maybe you are tired of hopping on that riding mover to trim up your massive yard. These are all signs that you are ready to sell and move to a low-maintenance, repair-friendly home.
11. Cashing Out
Is it payback time? After years of paying your mortgage and keeping your home's condition up, you may have built up equity. Ready to move some of that money into your cash and investment accounts? Selling and moving into a less expensive home can allow you to put that extra equity to other uses!
This article originally appeared on Trulia.com.