When Is The Right Time For Your Family To Move Home?

I’m sure the majority of you reading this have toyed with the idea of moving home as a family. Maybe you’re currently renting and are thinking about moving so you can buy your first property? Or, you may feel as though you’ve outgrown your current home and need to move somewhere else? There are a million and one reasons that families think about moving, but when is the right time to do this?

You see, when you move home, you need to time it right. Get the timing wrong, and it will be so much more stressful for your whole family. So, here are a few things to think about that will help you realize when it might be time to move:

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The current state of the property market

A big thing to consider is the current state of the property market where you live. Are there actually any homes available for you to buy or even rent? More to the point, are they worth the money they’re listed for? It’s not a good idea to move when there aren’t a lot of good value properties on the market. Instead, maybe think about moving when you see some new developments popping up in your area. As it says here https://www.propertyguru.com.my/resources/buy-property-guide/the-complete-guide-to-purchasing-a-new-development-property, new development properties have a lot of benefits. One of them is that you own something completely new. So, you don’t have to worry about paying to renovate it or fixing any slight problems. If you currently live in an old house, then a new property development nearby may be a sign that it’s time for you to move!

The quality of life at home

Another huge factor is the quality of your current family life at home. Are you struggling to live in your existing home without coming across issues every day? Maybe there’s just not enough space for everyone to live in, and it’s causing arguments. Or, perhaps your property is starting to fall apart (not literally) with so many maintenance issues popping up and putting a strain on regular life? If your quality of life at home is deteriorating, then the best thing to do would be to move somewhere else. Get a fresh start and enjoy life to the fullest with your family. On the other hand, if everyone is loving life and you’re happy in your home, then why bother moving? It won’t improve anything, so it’s not the right time.

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The distance between home and work/school

During your life, you may end up changing jobs multiple times. So, what happens if you get a new job that’s a long commute away from your current home? Is it worth moving, or should you stay where you are and deal with the long travel times? Well, it says here http://www.scvedc.org/blog/the-stress-isnt-worth-it-10-benefits-of-living-close-to-work that there are loads of benefits to working close to home. Some of these include reducing stress, causing less pollution, and being more punctual. Therefore, you can argue that it’s definitely worth moving home if you get a job that’s too far away from your current house.

 

You can say a similar thing about your child and their school too. What if they don’t get into the local school and have to go to one that’s further away? This happens a lot when they move to secondary school too, lots of kids end up going to good schools that are a long way away from them. The only options are to make them take a long bus journey to school every day, or move closer to it. For me, when you suddenly become too far away from work/school, then it’s certainly a good time to move.

The safety of the local area

Obviously, family safety is your number one priority in life. You want to raise a family in a safe home that’s in a friendly neighbourhood. So, what happens if your local area slowly becomes less safe than it was when you initially moved in? Loads of things can happen that cause a safe area to deteriorate and become less liveable. A lot of those things are political so we won’t get too deep into that. All I’ll say is; you lived somewhere that was nice and safe, and now it’s not as nice as it used to be. Should you move? In my eyes, yes, it’s a good reason to use as you want to move to a much safer home for your family.

The state of your finances

Are you finding it difficult to live a comfortable lifestyle? By this I mean; do you have money problems? Perhaps you’re finding it hard to keep up with regular rental payments, or maybe you own a house and are struggling with the ongoing living costs? Either way, your family is struggling, and this needs to be stopped. No family should live in fear of their money, so how can you address this? One idea is to move home! That’s right, moving home when your finances are having a bit of a wobble is a smart choice. Why? Because you can downsize to something more affordable, putting less strain on your finances, and allowing you to live comfortably once more. A smaller home, in a more affordable area of town, can slash your monthly expenses. So, if you’re thinking about moving, take a look at your financial situation to see if it can help.

Also, on the flip side, you should only move home when you can actually afford to do so! Don’t try and buy a house if you haven’t got the funds to do so, or you’ll end up in the situation I just spoke about. I’ll link you to a video that helps you learn how to budget as a family so you can get a better idea of how good/bad your financial situation is.

Your children

The last thing I will talk about is your children. They’re such a huge part of your life, and you need to think about them when weighing up the right time for your family to move. The main thing to consider is; are they settled. Will this move unsettle them or not? If it will, then I don’t think it’s the right time for your family to move. If it won’t, then it might be the perfect opportunity to move home. When your child is in school and has exams, then this is generally not a good time to move. It says in this article here https://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/jul/21/pupils-schools-exams that pupils who switch schools during the year do worse in exams. So, if moving home means your child has to go to a new school, then you’re possibly damaging the progress they make. For this reason, I think you should avoid moving if you have kids in secondary school, where they’re likely to have exams every year. It often makes more sense to move when they’re younger, as you give them longer to settle into life and make friends throughout their school years.

Right, these are some of the key things to think about if you’re moving home. If you want to change where your family lives, then there is definitely a right and wrong time to do so. You’ve seen plenty of points in this post that show you when it might be the right time to move, and when perhaps you should reconsider until the time is right. The bottom line is; never move home on impulse. This is not a knee-jerk reaction type decision, it’s something you should think about for awhile, for the good of your family!

 

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