Six Signs it is Time to Move in Austin01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a genuine thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the typical American family moves every seven years. So, if you have resided in your home for some time and are feeling like relocating, ask yourself these questions to sort out if a move should be in the near future in Austin. Do You Require More Space? Growing families tend to increase in many directions, not just numbers. As your toddlers turn into tweens and teens, not only do they grow bigger, the things they need multiplies--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 room--preferably nearby the washing maching. And, you have most 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 enjoy, and you would enjoy a grown-up space where you can control the remote. Are You Empty Nesting? When the fledglings have flown, and you are roaming around in a large 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 quaint 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 option to move into managed care when you need it. Are There More Advantageous Opportunities Somewhere Else? Economic recoveries are not created equal, and if your town hasn't yet felt the benefits of a stronger job market, then a move to a metropolitan area with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family is tough, the benefits of a better job with higher pay far outweigh the emotional turbulence of a move. If your career is in decent shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is very expensive, a local move is something to think about. In most communities, higher real estate prices lead to bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property assessments hardly ever 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 residential areas that have experienced lots of foreclosures, and homes are now rentals in the best-case scenario or deserted in the worst-case scenario. If this sounds like your neighborhood, and you're worried about the transient turn, it might be time to relocate to a new house. There's nothing more vital than your family's security, and a change would provide everyone peace of mind. Do You Want to Be Closer to Family? If you find yourself leaving town to be with family for every vacation, perhaps a move to where the family is would be something to think about. Particularly if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to play bigger role in your children's lives, a move closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship rather than one that is intermittent. You'll get to vacation in new and exciting places, and your kids will encounter more of the world than the locale where you grew up, charming though it may be. Just Want New 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 horse farm or an outdoor kitchen or you want to breed koi. It is 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. Ready to get started? We can help.