Six Indications it is Time to Move in Atlanta01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a genuine thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the average American family moves every seven years. So, if you've been in your home for some time and are feeling like relocating, ask yourself these questions to figure out if a move could be on the horizon in Atlanta. Do You Need Additional Space? Growing families tend to grow in lots of directions, not just numbers. As your little ones turn into tweens and teens, not only do they become bigger, the stuff they need expands--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 kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own space--preferably near to the laundry. And, you have likely learned 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 favor a grown-up space where you can choose the TV channel. Are You Empty Nesting? When the fledglings have flown, and you're rattling around in a sizable empty house that you've got to keep up, it is time to think of downsizing--free up your money and your time with a cozy house or even a condo. Nowadays, even little towns have over-55 communities that are like being on vacation all the time, where you own your house but have your maintenance provided, dining, social and fitness amenities and the alternative to move into managed care when you need it. Are There Beneficial Opportunities Somewhere Else? Economic recoveries are not all the same, and if your city hasn't yet felt the benefits of a better job market, then a move to an area with more and better opportunities makes financial sense. While uprooting your family can be difficult, the benefits of a better job with higher salary far outweigh the emotional stress of a move. If your career is in good 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 translate into bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property re-evaluations scarcely 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 impression on families all over the country. There are many formerly luxury subdivisions that have suffered from lots of foreclosures, and homes have been turned into rentals in the best-case scenario or left vacant at worst. If this sounds like your neighborhood, and you are worried about the transient turn, it is time to relocate to a new house. There's nothing more important than your family's safety, and a change would afford everyone peace of mind. Do You Want to Be Closer to Family? If you find yourself leaving town to visit 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 have larger role in your children's lives, a move closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship instead of one that is on and off. You will get to vacation in other places, and your kids will encounter more of the world than the area where you grew up, charming though it may be. Just Want Different Scenery? This is where the seven-year itch settles in. Sometimes, you just want a new house. Your tastes change, your hobbies change, and one day you get up and conclude you want a vineyard or an outdoor kitchen or you want to breed koi. It's all about living your dream, and if that means a new house, a new town 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.