Six Clues it is Time to Move in Houston01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a real thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the normal American family moves every seven years. So, if you've lived in your home for a bit and are feeling like moving, ask yourself these questions to figure out if a move could be on the horizon in Houston. Do You Require Additional Space? Growing families tend to increase in lots of directions, not just numbers. As your toddlers turn into tweens and teens, not only do they become 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 side yard. If your kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own area--preferably close to the laundry room. And, you have most likely found that spending all your free time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage show on Netflix is not always what you would prefer, and you would favor a grown-up space where you can control the remote. Are You Empty Nesting? When the kids have moved out, and you're wandering around in a sizable empty house that you've got to care for, it's time to ponder downsizing--free up your money and your time with a cozy house or even a condo. Nowadays, even quaint towns have over-55 communities that are like summer camp for parents, 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 Favorable Opportunities in a Different Community? Economic recoveries are not all the same, and if your city hasn't yet felt the benefits of a stronger job market, then a move to an area with more and better opportunities makes financial sense. While uprooting your family is difficult, the benefits of a better job with higher wage far outweigh the emotional turbulence of a relocation. If your career is in decent shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is very expensive, a local move could be a good strategy. In many communities, higher real estate prices translate into bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property re-evaluations hardly ever lead to lower taxes. Are You Safe and Secure in Your Home? The opposite of the real estate boom is the bust that is still having an impact on families all over the country. There are lots of formerly upscale residential areas that have experienced lots of foreclosures, and homes have been turned into rentals at best or deserted in the worst-case scenario. If this sounds like your neighborhood, and you are upset about the transient turn, it is time to relocate to a different house. There is 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 each vacation, perhaps a move to where the family is would be something to ponder. Particularly if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to have larger 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 will get to vacation in new and exciting places, and your kids will view more of the world than the locale where you grew up, charming though it may be. Just Want Different 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 wake up and decide you want a horse farm 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 locale 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.