>> May 20, 2016
Moving isn’t always a slam dunk for many people, especially if a job relocation or a change for health reasons is not part of the equation. Sometimes you simply want to move in an effort to downsize, upsize, change your community, housing type, or for some other reason.
If moving is something you are considering, you may find yourself asking this question: should I stay or should I go? Let’s take a look at your options in an effort to help you make a decision you can live with.
Stay — Don’t make a move if you’re absolutely not ready to make that move. You need to be entirely comfortable with your decision. No, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel skittish at times, but it does mean you need to have a peace about your move. No peace, no move.
Go — Make your move if you’re simply tired of your surroundings. Maybe the neighborhood has gone downhill or your friends have moved on. If the connection to your community is unraveling, then go with it — consider it as a sign that it is time for you to pack your things, call your realtor, and get moving.
Stay — If you like your home, why move? There’s something about the familiar that shouldn’t be easily dismissed. You like your home, the layout, yard, and your neighborhood. You’re connected to your community and even a move across town just isn’t the same. Stay put if you love your house, can afford to keep it up, and you enjoy your neighborhood.
Go — Are property taxes going up again?! That’s the case in many towns across the country and in some states, such as New Jersey, the burden is extraordinarily difficult for some people. If taxes and other upkeep are consuming more of your budget, then it may be time to consider other living options and make your move.
Stay — Maybe your home is tougher to afford. That’s reason enough to consider making a move. On the other hand, what would make your home more affordable? Challenging your property taxes? Taking in a roommate? Selling a back piece of land? If you absolutely want to stay put, consider every option before you.
Go — Pack your bags if your home’s value has suddenly climbed over the past few years. If you live in a hot neighborhood, now may be the time to cash in on your home’s increased value and take the profit and run. You may do well enough to pay off your mortgage, buy a new home with cash or simply begin living a better life.
Stay — If your family lives nearby and you’re very much connected with them, then why move? Unless your move is to a nearby home, any longer distance move makes no sense if you won’t see your children or grandchildren as much as you want to see them.
Go — If moving offers a “once in a lifetime” chance to improve your life or to take in something new, then that may be reason enough to give up your current house and move on. For some people, traveling the globe is a lifelong ambition, one that can only be realized by selling their home. Why be tied down when wanderlust beckons you to throw off all your cares and concerns?
Pack and Go
If the go’s outweigh the stay’s then you’re ready to get packing notes the Allied Moving Company. Before you call your mover, declutter your home to leave only those items that will go with you.
Contact several moving companies and ask for estimates. Verify that each company is licensed, registered and insured. Ask for references and check each one. Keep in mind that the lowest price isn’t always the best deal — you need to choose a company that is dependable and lists all fees up front. Finally, once you find a mover you’re satisfied with, sign the contract and continue preparing for your move.