The seven-year-itch is a genuine thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the normal American family relocates every seven years. So, if you've been in your residence awhile and are feeling like moving, ask yourself these questions to sort out if a move could be on the horizon in Tulsa.
Do You Require Additional Space?
Growing families tend to increase 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 increases--a pair of soccer cleats and some shin guards turns into a bag of balls, shoes for every surface and a goal in the side yard. If your kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own space--preferably near to the washing maching. And, you have likely learned that spending all your relaxation time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage show on Netflix is not always what you enjoy, and you would favor a grown-up space where you can choose the TV channel.
Are You Empty Nesting?
When the kids have moved out, and you are roaming around in a sizable empty house that you've got to keep up, it is time to give thought to downsizing--free up your money and your time with a smaller house or even a condo. Anymore, even little towns have over-55 communities that are like summer camp for parents, where you own your house but have your upkeep provided, dining, social and fitness amenities and the option to move into managed care when the time comes.
Are There Worthwhile Opportunities Somewhere Else?
Economic recoveries are not created equal, and if your city hasn't yet found the benefits of a better job market, then a relocation to a city with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family can be tough, the advantages of a better job with higher pay far outweigh the emotional turmoil of a relocation. If your career is in decent shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is outrageous, a local move is something to think about. In many communities, higher real estate prices mean bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property re-evaluations rarely lead to lower taxes.
Are You Safe and Secure in Your House?
The inverse of the real estate boom is the bust that is still having an impression on families all over the country. There are innumerable formerly luxury residential areas that have suffered from lots of foreclosures, and homes are rentals at best or left vacant in the worst-case scenario. If this describes your neighborhood, and you are worried about the transient turn, it is time to move to a new residence. There's nothing more vital than your family's safety, and a change would give everyone peace of mind.
Do You Want to Be Closer to Family?
If you find yourself leaving town to visit family for every vacation, maybe a move to where the family is would be something to ponder. Especially if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to play bigger role in your children's lives, a move closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship rather than one that is infrequent. You'll get to vacation in new and exciting places, and your kids will view 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 comes in. Sometimes, you just want a new place to call home. Your tastes change, your hobbies change, and one day you get up and arrive at the conclusion that you want a rose garden or an outdoor kitchen or you want to breed koi. 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 always on the move, so if that is appealing to you then find a realtor and a mover, and scratch the itch.
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