Knowing When to Pull the Plug on Your Apartment

guest blog by Jonathan Deesing, imove

Making the decision to find a new home can be hard. You finally found the perfect place for all your posters and decoration, and it can be a real pain to pack everything up, relocate those heavy appliances, and move on.

So how do you know if it’s the right time to start searching for a new apartment? Here are a few of the major factors to consider if you’re on the fence about packing up and moving away.

FAMILY

If your family situation has changed — whether you’ve decided to move in with your significant other, you’re having a baby, or you’re getting divorced — your living situation may need to change as well. Do you need more room to fit a crib or is that three-bedroom apartment too big now that you’re on your own? A change in family dynamics is one of the biggest reasons you may need to consider a move.

Event if your personal situation hasn’t changed, you may decide you want to move closer to (or farther away from) your extended family. Living close to your family means they can lend a helping hand in a pinch, and it’s cheaper to attend family gatherings when you want. Or maybe you need a chance to break away from the herd and live more independently.

FINANCES

Housing is often one of the biggest expenses on your budget, whether you rent an apartment or take a loan out on a house. If your financial situation has changed recently — or if you know you have a big expense coming up — it may be time to change apartments. Downsizing or moving to a cheaper neighborhood can be a great way to save money every monthly. The same works in reverse, too: if you now have two incomes contributing to your rent or you just got a raise, it may be time to consider upgrading from your dingy basement apartment. After all, research has shown that small, cramped apartments can lead to a host of negative effects.

WORK

Congratulations on your new job! Starting at a new company can be stressful, so unless your new job is far enough away to require a move to a new apartment, you probably don’t want to even think about it. You already know how your new job will affect your finances, but have you considered how it will affect your commute? Two years of commuting forty-five minutes each way is enough to get on anyone’s nerves. If your daily commute is grinding you down, moving closer to work could actually have several benefits on your health.

If you have a specific career goal in mind, it’s possible there are some cities better than others for your industry. A new apartment in a new city may be just the change you need to get you on the track to success.

NEIGHBORS

If there were only good, considerate people in this world, then living in an apartment would be a breeze. In real life, however, house parties get thrown, upstairs neighbors stomp around, and inconsiderate people don’t clean up after their pets. If you’ve had to struggle with neighbors or roommates before, it’s not a big stretch to say that sometimes they can make the decision to move a whole lot easier.

PETS

Binge-watching cat videos and volunteering at the local animal shelter can satisfy your desire for a four-legged friend of your own for only so long. Unfortunately, a lot of apartment buildings have strict rules about pets: they may not be allowed at all, or there may be specific restrictions on the type, size, and number of pets you can have. Check your lease and follow up with the management company to find out what your apartment allows. If having one is against apartment policy, maybe it’s time to look for a place more accommodating to animals and pet owners.

SCENERY

Sometimes a simple change of scenery can be a real breath of fresh air. A new locale can mean a new take on things, a new perspective, and most importantly, a new start. If you ever feel stuck in your apartment, or you’d simply like a different kind of lifestyle, then consider finding a new apartment.

Your life is not stagnant, and your living situation shouldn’t be either. Regardless of whether or not you ultimately decide to move apartments, it’s always a good thing to take stock of your environment and the way it impacts your life.

Are you considering pulling the plug on your apartment? What caused you to rethink your housing?

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