5 Signs You Might Need to Move on From Your Home
Is it Time to Move?
No matter how much we might not want them to, most things in our lives end eventually. First loves, summer holidays, even the last season of Game of Thrones. Your relationship with your property isn't immune to this, as many Australians discover over the course of their lives.
There can be any number of reasons for it, some that you might not even be aware of: But if some of these situations apply to you, it might be time to start considering moving on from your property. However, as you're about to see, every cloud has its silver lining - sometimes moving on from a property is the best thing that could ever happen to you!
The Kids have Flown the Coop
When you first bought a home, it might have been to partake in that idyllic Australian dream of the big house with the red door and your two kids, right around the corner from the local school and shops. However, as they grow up and move out of the house, you might find that this home simply isn't the right fit for you anymore.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) predicts that by 2031, "empty nest" households (couples with children who have left home) will number 3.5 million. That's more than any other household type. Changing home as kids move out is a tale as old as time - if yours are heading off to go flatting, think about your next step.
....Or the Family's Coming Back
The cost of living continues to rise, while the unemployment rate continues to zig and zag. It often happens that people move back home after some time away - perhaps to save money for a house of their own, or simply because of extenuating circumstances.
In the same way, it often happens that having your own parents move in with you as they get older becomes a preferable option to aged care facilities. Or perhaps you've even got another baby of your own on the way! Whatever the exact situation, if you've got family asking about this possibility then it may be time to upsize your home and welcome the chicks back to the roost.
A Relationship Blossoms
Your solo apartment might be perfect for a bachelor or bachelorette lifestyle, but if you meet that special someone will it still be sustainable? Do you have space for both you and your partner's furniture, clothes, toothbrushes and blu-ray collections?
If you're at a point where moving in with your partner is looming and you're worried, take a look around: Is it time to upgrade to a property better suited to settling down?
It isn't the most comfortable topic to discuss, but it's a challenge that many Australians face. In 2013 alone, there were 47,638 divorces approved across the country. Not every relationship lasts forever, and if this happens then a change of scenery might be the most appropriate course of action.
Even relationships that aren't bound by marriage can sometimes benefit from a change of property for one or both parties. It's not something we can tell you to do, but it's an important thing to keep in mind.
The Commute is Too Much
Despite significant infrastructure developments across the country, sometimes public transport or the private commute to work just takes up too much of the day. If this is the case and you're finding several hours of your day being sunk into driving to and from your house, it might be time to look at a new piece of real estate.
It could be inner city apartment living, a home closer to the right train line or even moving somewhere else for an entirely new job. Whatever the reason, don't let yourself feel stuck in one place - a change of view could do wonders for you and your family.