We all like to think of our house as permanent things – they’re bases, places of a security and stability, and that we never really think about changing them.
But there are plenty of positive reasons to move on.
Reasons to move.
The most common reasons for selling a current house is having kids, having the kids leave home, or moving for work.
Small starter houses work out well for young couples, and are a great way to get on the property ladder. Young couples who bought starter homes while they were free of the obligations of children (and so didn’t have to worry about things like bedrooms, yard sizes, or proximity to schools) often find these houses don’t cut it when their first baby comes along.
Empty-nesters – those whose kids have moved out – have the opposite problem. A large house, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a backyard the size of a football field is becomes a bit too much. Suddenly, they don’t need to be close to schools, and maybe they’re looking for a change in lifestyle and scenery, to the city, ocean, or bush. They’ll swap practicality for personal preference.
Changes in career are also one of the biggest reasons to change. This isn’t just for massive, big moves, like moving from state to state, but also just for the convenience and saving on commuting costs, which can be alarmingly high, even in rural areas.
So…how is your house?
A house is a point of stability in our lives. We tend to become attached to them, but they can also hold us back.
Step back from this for a moment, and besides offering a place to sleep at night, is your house working out for you? Could you be closer to work, to schools? Could you do with living somewhere quieter, or smaller, or bigger?
You might’ve had a dream house in mind when you settled for your current one – but how long ago was that? You might’ve forgotten about it as you became used to your current house, but that doesn’t mean you should give it up.
Take a look at the real estate pages, and see what’s out there – it doesn’t hurt to look.
But when you do decide to take that next step, come in and see us, call us on 1300 65 65 81, or make a loan enquiry online at www.nicu.com.au.