by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The seven-year-itch is an actual thing—as a professional mover in Denver
, we see it all the time. So, if you've resided in your home awhile and are feeling like relocating, ask yourself these questions to sort out if a move could be on the horizon in Denver.
Do You Require Extra Space?
Growing families tend to expand in many directions, not just numbers. As your toddlers turn into tweens and teens, not only do they get bigger, the possessions they need multiplies--a pair of soccer shoes and some shin guards turns into a bag of balls, shoes for every surface and a goal in the front yard. If your children play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own area--preferably close to the laundry. And, you've likely found that spending all your relaxation time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage movie on Netflix is not always what you would like, 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 roving around in a big empty house that you've got to maintain, it's time to give thought to downsizing--free up your money and your time with a cozy house or even a condo. These days, even quaint towns have over-55 communities that are like summer camp for parents, where you own your house but have your maintenance provided, dining, social and fitness amenities and the choice to move into managed care when the time comes.
Are There Beneficial Opportunities in a Different Community?
Economic recoveries are not created equal, and so a move to a city with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family can be tough, the gains 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 skyrocketing, a local move is something to think about. In many communities, higher real estate prices lead to more expensive stickers everywhere from the grocery to the barber, and property re-evaluations seldom lead to lower taxes.
Are You Safe and Secure in Your House?
Unfortunately, there are innumerable formerly upscale housing additions that have experienced lots of foreclosures, and homes are now rentals in the best-case scenario or left vacant at worst. If this characterizes your neighborhood, and you're concerned about the transient turn, it's time to move to a new residence. There's nothing more imperative than your family's security, and a change would give everyone peace of mind.
Do You Want to Be Closer to Family?
If you find yourself leaving town to be with family each vacation, maybe 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 larger role in your children's lives, a relocation closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship instead of one that is sporadic. You'll get to vacation in new and exciting places, and your kids will see 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 conclude you want a horse farm or an outdoor kitchen or you want to have a crafting room. It's all about living your dream, and if that means a new home, a new town or a new part of the country, go for it. Americans are usually on the move, so if that is appealing to you then look for a realtor and a professional mover in Denver and scratch the itch.
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