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5 Signs You Know You Are Ready To Upgrade Homes
One of the only constants in life is change. As we get older and mature our thoughts and ideas for our lives change. Purchasing a home is typically a step that most families take in order to begin a new life for themselves. As your family grows and you realize that you may need some more space, it is normal to think about buying a bigger home to fit your expanding needs. The following are signs that let you know that you are ready to buy a bigger home!
1) Expecting Children. My wife and I were blessed with our first child a couple of months ago. We currently live in a smaller home with 2 dogs and 2 cats, something similar to a small farm. :) Right now we can manage since the baby is still an infant but we have already begun to start planning to upgrade homes when the time is right. Usually the timing is right when a couple has made the choice to bring a child into the world and they realize that they will eventually need more space. I recently helped a family and first time homebuyers find their forever home. Originally, they were ok with buying a two bedroom home, but when they found out they were expecting with their second child, they quickly realized they had to have a three bedroom home. Having kids and having dedicated rooms in your house for work, play, entertainment and relaxing together is important and you can’t always get that if you are living in a 1000 sq ft home/apartment. So when you are expecting children you should certainly expect to possibly have to upgrade homes depending on your current living situation in order to suite everyone’s needs.
2) Aging Parents- What is a 3 letter word that humans beings do every second of everyday?? Age! Yes that is right, we all get older no matter how hard we try not to. Life has a way of throwing us into situations where we have to take care of our parents too as they age. I know for my wife and I, as we are thinking about when we have to buy a bigger home to fit our family needs we will also be thinking about buying a home that can accommodate one of our parents just in case their life situations change. This is a reality that many of us don’t even want to think about, but we must plan accordingly so we can take care of our family when we need to. Can you imagine your mom or dad having to move into your 1100 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath home that just barely meets your daily needs?! I think we can all agree how much of a nightmare that would be for everyone. Multi generational living is the custom in a lot of cultures and today in America a record of 60.6 million Americans- almost 1 in 5- live in multi generational households. This number has been increasing in the past decade too and does not show any signs of slowing down. Truth is that we never know what is going to happen until it happens. It is better to be prepared if a parent needs to move in, and buying a home that can comfortably accommodate them as well as your family may be the most sensible choice you can make.
3) Not Enough Space- I grew up in the city and not having enough space, whether it was inside or outside, was always an issue. When I was lucky enough to move out and go to the suburbs I was able to get some more space. As I get older and my family starts to grow I am realizing that I don’t currently have the space I want, both inside and out, and that upgrading will be a good choice. It is not ideal that my home office is right next to the living room so when my wife is watching TV I cannot seem to concentrate because that is all I hear. It has also been a dream of mine to own a riding mower and to own more land so I can use it. If I were to own a riding mower now and try to use it on my current lawn, I would certainly be the laughing stock of the neighborhood. People need more space for a lot of different reasons so if you find that you are crammed in your current situation, it might be time to start looking to expand.
4) Career Change/Working From Home- More American employees are are working remotely, and they are doing so for longer periods. 43% of employed Americans have said they spent at least some time working remotely, which means that they need a dedicated work space in their homes. If you see yourself in this position and you realize that it is not feasible to work from home 2-3 days a week at your kitchen table, than you might consider buying a bigger home with space for an office. Additionally, what if you decide to open a home based business? Not only will you need office space,but you may also need a dedicated room or two for your business. There are 28 million+ small businesses in America and 52% of them are home based businesses. This means that if you decide to become a part of this growing trend, you will likely need a separate space away from distractions in order to be efficient and get your work done.
5) Pets Need Space Too! If you are like me and my wife, than you are a big time animal lover! We have two cats and two rescue pups. While we love our feline children, we don't love their litter box and so we know it is essential to live in a home that enables us to separate their litter from our daily lives. Additionally, our 65+ pound dogs need space to run around and play away some of their energy. Unfortunately, they have outgrown the back yard and we could all benefit from something much bigger. 44% of Americans own a dog, which means that almost half of the population need to have some kind of dedicated space for their fur babies. The reality is when we rescue these little bundles of joy we have no idea how big they will get and some of them just sprout up out of nowhere. Living in a culture that values our furry companions so much makes us want to give them as much space as possible so they can get the proper exercise they need. A row home in the city with a tiny concrete backyard or a suburban condo with only shared outdoor space isn’t ideal, especially during our long, cold winter months. So upgrading to a larger home with enough green space to romp and roam is ideal for everyone - four and two-legged!
So if you find yourself in one of these situations where you are looking to expand, reach out to me and let's find your next dream home!
Shawn Connors is a licensed real estate professional that services the Philadelphia & Greater Philadelphia region. Shawn was born and raised in Philadelphia but has taken up new roots in Chester Coun....
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