Signs It’s Time to Buy a New House

The average person moves more than 11 times in his or her life, but it can be tough to know for sure if now is the right time. If you find yourself browsing property ads, are you really ready to buy a new house, or do you simply have wanderlust? Fortunately, you can look for these signs that it is definitely time to make a move. 

Your House Is Too Small 
If you’re in a starter home, it might have seemed huge compared to the apartment where you used to live. Eventually, though, a starter home can start to feel like a cage. If your family is growing or you simply want more space, it might be time to start looking for a bigger house.

Your House Is Too Big 
At the other end of the spectrum, you might be tired of cleaning and maintaining a sprawling home. If your kids have moved out and you are ready to start getting rid of “stuff,” downsizing can feel like a blessing. Start shopping for a smaller home. 

Your Neighborhood Is Unsafe
Neighborhoods tend to change over time. Unfortunately, sometimes they go downhill. If you’re afraid to walk around after dark or are starting to hear frequent police sirens, it might be better to move to a safer neighborhood.

Your Commute Is Unreal
Unfortunately, traffic is getting worse and worse across the country, making many people’s commute longer than ever before. If you’re tired of spending hours in the car twice a day, it may be time to look for a house closer to your office. 

The Stairs Aren’t Fun
For some people, aging takes its toll. Others develop chronic health conditions, often after an injury or illness. Regardless of the reason, your body may be starting to complain about your multilevel home. There are lots of interesting and highly functional floor plans that are all on one level, so consider buying a home that is easier to navigate.

Your Utility Bills Are Sky High
It is possible to retrofit an older home with modern energy-efficient upgrades that will slash your utility bills. However, this work can be expensive and time consuming, and you might not be interested in living in a construction zone for weeks or months. It may be simpler and more cost-effective to move to a home that is already energy-efficient.

Your School District Is Awful
Many parents make the decision to move when their kids get close to school age. School quality can vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood, and it only makes sense to give your kids the best start in life. If you can afford to move to a better school district, now is an excellent time to start home shopping.

Your Mortgage Is Too High
Life happens, and it is all too easy for your finances to take a major hit. If you are in financial straits, consider moving to a more affordable home to get yourself back on track.

You Dream of Building a Home
While many people happily live out their lives in homes that were built by someone else, it is extremely common to want a home that is truly customized to your needs and desires. Be sure to work with a reputable builder and allow plenty of time. New home construction can take about a year, so don’t put your current home on the market too soon.

Let’s Get Started!
If you are looking for a trustworthy and highly experienced real estate specialist in the Santa Cruz area, contact Gregg Camp of Property in Santa Cruz today at (831) 818-7524.

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