Six Signs it is Time to Move in Little Rock01/04/2018The seven-year-itch is a real thing--the National Board of Realtors says that the normal American family moves every seven years. So, if you've lived in your house for some time and are feeling itchy, ask yourself these questions to figure out if a move should be in the near future in Little Rock. Do You Require More Space? Growing families tend to expand 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 side yard. 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 movie on Netflix is not always what you would prefer, and you would enjoy a grown-up space where you can pick what to watch. Are You Empty Nesting? When the kids have moved out, and you are rattling around in a big empty house that you've got to maintain, it's time to ponder 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 Favorable Opportunities Elsewhere? Economic recoveries are not all the same, and if your area has not yet found the benefits of a better job market, then a relocation to an area with more and better opportunities could make financial sense. While uprooting your family could be difficult, the benefits of a better job with higher pay far outweigh the emotional stress of a move. 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 most communities, higher real estate prices translate into bigger stickers everywhere from the gas station to the plumber, and property assessments hardly ever 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 impact on families all over the country. There are lots of formerly luxury residential areas that have been hit with lots of foreclosures, and homes have been turned into rentals at best or left vacant in the worst-case scenario. If this sounds like your neighborhood, and you are worried about the transient turn, it is time to move to a new home. There's nothing more important 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 heading out to be with family each vacation, perhaps 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 have bigger role in your children's lives, a relocation closer to home gives you an ongoing relationship instead of one that is infrequent. You will get to vacation in other places, and your kids will see more of the world than the locale where you grew up, charming though it may be. Just Want a Change of 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 arrive at the conclusion that you want a horse farm 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 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. Ready to get started? We can help.