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5 Signs You’re Avoiding a Much-Needed Move

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Are you Avoiding a Much-Needed Move?

The bubble wrap, the frantic cleaning, the list of places who need your new address—it’s enough to give you a stress headache. Yes, moving can be a lot to manage. But what if your current situation is worse? Sometimes we get so settled into a house or apartment, we fail to see the clear signs that it’s time to start house hunting.

Do you need to move? If any of these signs sound familiar, it might be time to start thinking about finding a home somewhere else.

You’re Just Ignoring your Appliances’ Special Needs at This Point

Sure, your washing machine works. You just have to slam the lid super-hard and spin the dial three times to start the cycle. And if it shuts off mid-cycle, kicking it usually works. You could call your landlord for a 15th time, but you just deal with it. If you have a list of special tricks and tips you need to incorporate to get your appliances to work or your windows to open, you might be avoiding a bigger issue: your landlord is terrible and you should see what else is out there in your budget.

You Can’t Open Your Storage Unit or You’ll Release an Avalanche

Most of us accumulate more stuff over the years. Some of us are great at spring cleaning, and the rest of us just shove everything into the storage closet until getting something out turns into a game of Jenga. If you’re not willing to part with your extra suitcases and holiday decorations, but you hate facing your storage situation, it may be time to realize a place with more closet space is in order.

You’ve Grown Numb to the Extreme Temperatures

Your cute historic craftsman seemed like such a good idea when you bought it in the summer. So what if the house isn’t outfitted with central heating, and you can’t afford to redo the HVAC for the foreseeable future? You’ll just continue walking around in a Snuggie and setting up space heaters for 4 months of the year. Or, you can consider moving out so you’re not melting all summer and frigid all winter.

You Spend 30 Minutes Circling for Parking Every Day

No matter how much you love your home, a lack of parking can be annoying at best, and soul-sucking at the worst. You may shrug your shoulders at circling the block for parking every night, but think of all the things you could be doing instead of hunting for a spot.

You Keep Convincing Yourself to Stay

If you spend more time talking yourself into staying in your current property than you do enjoying yourself: it’s time to start formulating a plan to move. Even if you need to save up for a while, you’ll feel liberated by simply having made the choice to move. One day you’ll look back and wish you had done it sooner.

Moving might not be the best way to spend a weekend, but staying in a home that makes you miserable is worse. It’s easy to grow immune to the things that make a home undesirable, but it’s not impossible to snap out of it!


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