Six Indications it is Time to Move in Little Rock01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a actual thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the average American family moves every seven years. So, if you have resided in your house for a bit and are feeling like moving, ask yourself these questions to shed some light on if a move should be in the near future in Little Rock. Do You Need More Space? Growing families tend to grow in many directions, not just numbers. As your little ones turn into tweens and teens, not only do they get bigger, the things they need expands--a pair of soccer cleats and some shin guards turns into a bag of balls, shoes for every surface and a goal in the backyard. If your kids play hockey or football, all that gear needs its own room--preferably near to the laundry room. And, you've most likely learned that spending all your free time in the family room streaming the most popular teenage thing on Netflix is not always what you would like, and you would favor a grown-up space where you can pick what to watch. Are You Empty Nesting? When the fledglings have flown, and you're wandering around in a large empty house that you've got to care for, it is time to give thought to downsizing--free up your money and your time with a smaller 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 upkeep provided, dining, social and fitness activities and the option to move into managed care when you need it. Are There Better Opportunities in a Different Community? Economic recoveries are not all the same, and if your town hasn't yet felt the benefits of a stronger job market, then a move to an area with more and better opportunities makes financial sense. While uprooting your family could be not easy, the benefits of a better job with higher pay far outweigh the emotional turbulence of a relocation. If your career is in great shape but the cost of living in your town or neighborhood is very expensive, a local move could be a good strategy. In many communities, higher real estate prices lead to bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property assessments seldom lead to lower taxes. Are You Safe and Secure in Your Residence? The opposite of the real estate boom is the bust that is still having an effect on families all over the country. There are lots of formerly luxury subdivisions that have experienced lots of foreclosures, and homes have been turned into rentals at best or left vacant at worst. If this describes your neighborhood, and you're concerned about the transient turn, it might be time to move to a different home. There is nothing more vital than your family's security, and a change would provide everyone peace of mind. Would You Like to Be Closer to Family? If you find yourself heading out to be with family each vacation, maybe a move to where the family is would be a good idea. Particularly if your family is close-knit or you want your parents to play larger 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 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 New 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 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 residence, a new city 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.