There are a few things that make a huge impact on our overall happiness: our jobs, who we spend the most time with, and our homes. Those three things make up a large chunk of our lives, and, as such, it’s important that we’re content with them all. We can change our job, and our friends (sometimes we have to), but what about our homes? It’s a big thing, deciding to move. But sometimes it’s necessary. Below, we take a look at a few signs it’s time to up sticks and move to a new home.

5 signs it's time to move

It’s a Money Pit

There are, of course, financial implications no matter where we live, but it’s also true that some properties are worse for our bank balance than others. You might be able to handle the mortgage comfortably, but what about all the additional costs? With some homes, it feels like the maintenance task list just never ends. Once we’ve paid to fix one, the next becomes an issue. Or perhaps it’s energy-sapping, and you’re spending too much on bills. If that’s the case, it might be time to move to a more finances-friendly spot.

You’ve Outgrown Your Home

We’re very often just happy to get on the property ladder. But after a while, we begin to notice a few issues. For instance, couldn’t you have sworn this place was bigger? Over time, we acquire many new, space-consuming things — items and children being the main two. If you’re constantly falling over each other, and it feels like the walls are closing in around you, then it’s probably time to put your property up for sale and look at moving to a bigger place. Try as you might, you just won’t make the walls in your place further apart.

You Don’t Like the Area Anymore

Sometimes we’re generally happy with the property. It’s the outside area that’s the problem. If you’re walking out of your front door and feeling sad that this is your neighborhood, then don’t just accept the situation: do something about it. Look for real estate in a community that you know you’ll love. You’ll enjoy home life infinitely more if you’re based in an area that you’re proud to call home.

You’ve Done All You Can (And Still Don’t Like It)

We buy a home with the best of intentions. Perhaps the property was a little run down, sure, but you had a vision, and with a little bit of TLC, you were going to transform the house into a home. After a while there, the transformation process may begin to take its toll. If you feel you’ve put a lot of effort into your property and you’re still not sure, it’s probably best to sell it and try somewhere new — you’ll likely have made a profit thanks to your hard work, though!

You Just Know

In some cases, there may not be a reason why you want to move. You just know deep down that it’s the right thing to do. You don’t need to overthink everything — just go with what feels right!